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The Cry of the Words (Flash Fiction)

This little piece of flash fiction is the perfect description on editing. All writers feel the struggle of the editing beast. It was great to see that struggle put into a written form. The work was published here by permission from Ann Bell Feinstein. The Cry of the Words The words on the page cried out, each demanding to stay. None wanted to be deleted or changed in anyway. That was not what was going to happen. Changes were coming. A deft hand was required to cut only the fluff, the tough stuff had to remain. It was the heart of […]

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But a publisher will have their editor work on my manuscript… Right?

Many writers eventually ask themselves that big question: do I really need an editor? Freelance editors, especially the good ones, are not cheap. I know this because I’m a freelance editor myself, and even my own fees can be considered to be on the scary side. But the question is not whether or not an editor is needed, but rather is the money worth it? One-word answer: yes. Now of course I’m going to say that. I’m an editor myself, but let me shift this into my own experience as a writer.

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Social Media: The Dangers that Writers Never had to Think About Before

In a recent post on my personal blog, I made note of the changes that our world has seen in terms of work philosophies. However, in that post I commented about how social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, has transformed our world into something that no longer resembles the world that I grew up in. Systems such as Skype and Google Hangouts have bridged the gap between continents so that those on opposite sides of the world can do more than just talk to one another over the phone — they can now see each other, have a face-to-face […]

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Struggling with #NaNoWriMo word-counts? Maybe you’re trying too hard.

This post was originally posted on Judy’s personal blog, but was moved here because it is filled with valuable information. Here I go — breaking all the rules that I had set myself for my own personal blog. I had decided earlier this year when I set this thing up that I wasn’t going to post anything that would look like writing advice, but with the number of people that I know struggling to keep their word counts up for NaNoWriMo, I decided that I would break my own rule just this once. As a Municipal Leader for my local […]

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