Like most of the vexing questions I post on this blog, my answer to “Should writers do their own editing?” is both YES and NO. There are times when we should edit our own work, and times when we need the benefit of someone else’s eyes. Even though I’ve heard it lots of times, I’m […]
Writing and Editing tips
These articles for writers and editors help you manage your workflow, stay motivated, understand possibilities, and find solutions to common problems.
Have you heard of the psychological concept of Decision Fatigue? That we get to the point where we can’t make any more decisions? This article is about a simple technique you could try, to free up more energy and focus for your writing or editing. Decisions, decisions When I was young, back when dinosaurs roamed […]
Our books-in-progress are valuable. Don’t let yours fall victim to a hacker or computer failure. Here are some tips for how to backup your manuscripts with the least possible hassle.
Imagine this: you are writing on a desert island, or in a cottage with a view over mountains or forest or ocean. Words flow down your arms and out your fingers onto the page – glowing, powerful, beautiful words. Food magically appears when you’re hungry. No one interrupts you. No one disapproves. No one laughs […]
Everybody seems to want to help us publish a book these days, but some of them are sharks. This is how I investigate a publishing service for quality and integrity.
These 5 publishing myths are about as real as this unicorn, but not nearly as pretty. They can hurt writers feelings and careers. Let’s debunk.
In 20+ years as an editor, I’ve seen this phenomenon again and again: a memoir or personal story has turned into a different book by the time the writer is finished. If your memoir is “turning on you”, don’t feel you must cling to your original purpose. You might be surprised where that feisty little book takes you.
I’m a big fan of beta readers, and especially of MY beta readers. This is the method I used to brief my beta team for amazing results on my latest book project.
Hello writer! Yes, I’m talking to you, slouching in that squishy armchair in the dimly-lit room with a laptop balanced on your knee.
I’ve been writing and/or editing for a living for more than 20 years, and I have made every hideous mistake a writer can make in protecting their health.
On a recent run of insane deadlines, 12 hours per day in front of the computer for weeks on end, I decided to actually plan it differently to try to protect my health. These were the results…
When I try to set my writing goals for the months ahead, I find a number of popular myths about writing circling around me and nipping at my heels again.
Maybe they’ve disrupted your dreams too. Join me in a debunking!