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  • Cia
    Publish Date: 05/13/2017
    Editing Information
    While knowing the basic rules of writing is essential for all writers, there is a lot more that editors should know. Editors are tasked with taking the work authors create and making it great ... by doing the pesky tasks like correcting commonly confused words, comma placements, and the use of adverbs and adjectives are followed when necessary. These links can help editors do that and more!
    Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) — This website has a vast array of information regarding the mechanics of the written word. Great for students or anyone interested in understanding how to write.
    The Writer's Craft — The aspect of this site highlighted is the information and tips on finding a writer's critique group.
    Auto Crit Editing Wizard — You can try before you for with this program to show errors in your writing, including things like overused phrases and words, generic descriptions, ing phrases and more. Free trial submissions limited to 500 words, but great for short stories.
    Grammar Book — Writing resources pulled from The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.
    The Chicago Manual of Style Online — Website with resources pulled from the most commonly used editing standards book by publishers.
    Scribophile — A respectful online writing workshop and writer’s community. Writers of all skill levels join to improve each other’s work with thoughtful critiques and by sharing their writing experience.
    Critique/Critters — A website for serious authors, artists, and creators in any field who wish to improve their craft. Workshops focus on in-depth critiques of works, a process which helps both the recipient and the reviewer to grow.
    Books Every Editor Should Own
    Chicago Manual of Style — Most commonly used book by editors and publishers for editing today.

  • Myr
    Publish Date: 05/13/2017
    Publishing Information
    Have you ever wondered what the real deal is with publishing? How does e-publishing differ from traditional? How do you find an agent? Do you need one? What are all the laws and regulations involved with publishing, and do they pertain to you? Check out these links to discover just what the world of the published word really is.
    Publisher's Weekly — Check out what's going on in the world of the published word!
    Chuck Sambuchino-Guide to Literary Agents — A leading authority on how to get published, Chuck Sambuchino also authors a popular blog on Writer's Digest regarding all aspects of fitting yourself into the publishing world.
    Publishing Law Center — Site provides information regarding publishing, including trademarks and copyright information.

  • Myr
    Publish Date: 05/13/2017
    General Resources
    Research is the cornerstone of writing. While many authors write what they know, everyone stumbles upon topics they do not have all the details of, and need more information. Below you can find links to some of the most comprehensive and information rich sites to help you get your facts right.
    Encyclopedia.com — This is exactly what is sounds like, but this website pulls info from over 100 sources.
    Internet Public Library — Need to research and don't want to rely on Wiki? Check out this website with links to a vast array of reference materials compiled by librarians and information reference professionals.
    InfoPlease — Great website to find a variety of research materials including almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases.
    Library of Congress — Need we say more?

  • Cia

    Tips

    By Cia, in Writing Tips,

    Publish Date: 10/15/2017
    Writing Tips Archive
    These quick hints and tips are little teasers of the information you can find through many of the various links on our website.
    Writing Tips From Fellow Writers
    Passive Voice: Avoid word choices using 'to be' and the conjugations 'is, am, were, was, are, has been, have been, will be, being' as much as possible to keep action immediate and reduce the passive voice when writing. It lacks precision and clarity. Use search to find those keywords that indicate passive voice and consider each to see if your sentence needs a re-write.
    Plot Arc: The 'hook' is what intrigues readers in your story. The climax is the point the book wouldn't exist without; the whole reason for your character and plot to exist. Hooks should be point A, climax point Z, of course. Between you have all the other letters of the alphabet. This is the journey your reader makes from the hook to the climax. Make sure that each point builds on the last and that they all further the story to that climax!
    Self-Marketing for Authors: Authors just write a story and sit back and wait for reader's acclaim. A book on the shelf, an online story on a site full of online stories will not stand out unless you make it. A good story will keep readers coming back for more, but to get them, you need to network. The best way to do that is to get involved in author discussions, use status updates, signatures, reviews, etc. A blog is also a great way to feature your writing!
    Speech Tags: Speech tags are to be avoided; they're like evil little speedbumps for readers. Use them occasionally but try to stick to said or asked. Instead, use actions or thoughts from characters to show the reader what is going on in the scene instead. Create the emotion or action through a visual cue, like slamming a door after shouted dialogue, or wiping away tears after a cry of loss.
    Don't Edit Alone: GET HELP! We can't stress this point enough. Get a beta reader and/or editor or two, or three even! Fresh eyes on your work catch things you invariably miss. If you want to have a great story, you have to do the work to make it the best it can be!
    Editing For Content: Ask yourself who, what, when, where, why, and how when reading for content. Does the story answer all the questions you think it should? Highlight all the lines/places in the story that best answer those questions so you know if the story follows the logical order. Sometimes something the author just knows doesn't quite make it into the story, making vital plot points confusing to readers.
    Editing Tip: Make editing, for yourself or others, a priority and always try to learn the rules as best you can. Try researching grammar rules at least thirty minutes a month.
    Editing Tip: Listen to music or chew gum. Something that will keep you from being bored, but won't really distract you. Let's face it, writing something new can be fun; checking for errors is not, but it is a necessary evil. If editing your own work, make a list of what to watch for when you write/edit next of common mistakes you keep making.
    Four Editing Tips: 1. Try printing out your story/chapter and editing by hand. 2. Read backwards, covering the extra text with a paper if necessary to not get caught up in the flow of the story. 3. Point to the words one at a time if you find you tend to skip words that are missing or extra words added, especially. 4. Try to get at least one night of sleep between writing and editing.
    Writing Names in Fantasy Fiction: In fantasy, if you want to have an Arabian tone to the story, you should use names similar to original names, but make sure you change some of the letters around. Keep that consistent and change names of people and locations the same way. If you give your new words meaning, eg: Bairela means 'star jewel' and ela means jewel, don't use that same syllable in a name that shouldn't evoke the jewel meaning as well.
    Writing Names in Contemporary Fiction: Names create perceptions in reader's minds. Harsh consonant sounds tend to give the perception of short-tempered harsh people, or places. Soft sounding names tend to imply more beautiful people or locations. If you've set your story on Earth, make sure the names chosen are correct for the region. For example, the Inuptian (an Iniut dialect) word for river is kuuk where the Hawaiian word for river is wai.
    1st Person Point of View: With this the author uses I, me, my, and mine as the pronouns. The helpful aspect of this is that we get to see the immediate thoughts and emotions of the character. What writers have to remember is that you can ONLY use the point of view of your character.
    2nd Person Point of View: With this the author uses you, or your as the pronouns. This isn't telling the story to the reader so much as almost making the reader the character in the story.
    3rd Person Point of View: In 3rd use he or she, her or him, hers or his as the pronouns. Includes: 3rd person omniscient—shows the thoughts of every character or 3rd person limited—shows the thoughts of one character. Some authors do third person limited, but vary the character POV they choose to showcase in sections. Not as common in published literature, it's more common in online fiction.
    Narrative Voice: Narrative voice is the person or point of view used when writing, eg: a character, you as the author, or a variety of characters. The story could change depending on what viewpoint character in the story is chosen. This includes: Third Person Subjective, Third Person Dramatic/Objective, Third Person Omniscient, Stream of Consciousness, or Universal Omniscient narrative styles.
    Sentence Tips: 1) Don’t start sentences with the same word repetitively. 2) Vary the length of sentences (and paragraphs) to break up the text in a natural ‘flow’ pattern to mimic speech. 2) Eliminate unnecessary words such as: that, just, really, pretty, very, some, a little, probably, a bit.
    Show, Don’t Tell: This means to let your characters live their story. Tell: Mike and Gary drove Mike’s car to the store for ice. Show: “Hey, let’s go grab some more ice at the store, Gary.” Mike unlocked his car.
    Beating Writer’s Block: 1) Write every day to form the habit. 2) End your writing when you still know what comes next in the scene so you have a starting place next time. 3) Try a prompt or quick writing challenge if you’re blocked on existing work.
    Write Badly: Seriously. A first draft is supposed to be the ‘rough draft’, and striving for perfection before you write ‘The End’ will only slow you down. Once you know the entire shape of the storyline, you can go through and refine it through the editing process—but first you must finish it!

  • Myr
    Publish Date: 05/13/2017
    Writing Information
    For many aspiring writers the rules are a confusing mess. What is first person POV? How do you create complex, three dimensional characters? What is a three point plot arc compared to an eight point plot arc? These links are all geared toward helping authors improve their writing skills.
    Writing.com — Website to post, read, review, and learn how to improve stories for authors. Over 1 million members strong!
    Writer's Digest — Great weekly newsletter digest as well as a website filled with free tips, webinars, tools and just about anything else you can think of regarding writing, editing, and marketing for authors.
    Writer Unboxed — This website runs an informative article blog regarding various aspects of writing and publishing contributed by many experienced writers!
    Short Story Writing — A comprehensive website from a creative writing tutor regarding all aspects of crafting a story with a focus on short stories.
    Newbie Writer's — Website focusing on authors getting started all the way through publishing. Features podcasts for those who like listening to their tips.
    Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing — Small tips are easy to digest and the grammar girl is great at sharing them on specific writing questions. You can pose one, or use the search engine to find out more about those pesky questions such as: Do I use toward or towards, structuring flashbacks, even things like crazy English idioms!
    The Ultimate Freelance Writing Career Guide — Freelance writers are more in demand than ever in the information age, and more people are entering the exciting world of working as an independent writer. Whether you are just starting out, or you are already well-established and have regular clients, you’ll find some valuable resources in this guide. Use the links found here to look for work, build your experience, network with other writers, and find helpful tools.
    Tips From the Masters — This website has pearls of writing wisdom from well-known authors in pithy lists.
    Books Every Writer Should Own
    Self-editing for Fiction Writers — This book gives a ton of tips on things to work on in your writing AS you write, or when you go back over a story. Includes chapters such as: Easy Beats, Show and Tell, and Point of View.
    The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation — This book is filled with easy to understand rules, real world examples and pre and post lesson quizzes.
    Chicago Manual of Style — Most commonly used book by editors and publishers for editing today.
    Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction — This definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object.
    The Elements of Style by William Strunk — The Elements of Style is the definitive text and classic manual on the principles of the English language read by millions of readers.

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