I learned this tip from one of our critique facilitators, author, Julie Ferguson, who led our local writing group for decades. Unfortunately (for us) she has since moved cities, but I haven’t forgotten her many gems of advice while editing.
Read aloud. Two things happen when I read aloud. Firstly, I hear what I’ve written more clearly than merely reading in my head. Secondly, when I stumbled on a phrase, it usually means there’s something not quite right with what I’ve written.
On Pineterest there’s word lists — words to use instead of . . .. I save these lists because one of the problems writing an 80 000 word manuscript is the habit of repeating your favourite vocabulary.
I keep a personal file of words I’m aware I use often — that, look, walked for example, for when I’m at the editing stage to remind myself of my habit. But here’s a tip I learned from author, Julie H. Ferguson about a particular repeated word. Continue reading “Writers, it’s time to think about our favoured vocabulary”
One of the key factors for me when editing is time — not time for editing, but time between edits. Often I’m blind to what I’ve written, so by leaving a piece for a week or longer before I read it again, problems become clear. Continue reading “Editing Tips”
On a visit to New Zealand recently, I took over one hundred photos in one day at an important setting in my current manuscript. Many were of signs and haven’t been referred to in the story, but having those photos gave me a choice to choose what would best fit. Continue reading “More on research methods”
I am blessed to live near three writers’ conferences that happen in my area: The well attended Surrey Writers’ Conference; the Burnaby Writers’ Conference; and now a new one was organized, just this past weekend, the Maple Ridge Writers’ Conference. Continue reading “Writers’ Conferences”
Research is a fundamental part of writing. Sometimes we think we know everything about a topic or place, but it’s always wise to check the facts. Readers are savvy, and an error can pull them right out of your story.
One of the most common approaches I use for research is other novels, and here’s why they are my first point of reference: Continue reading “Research”
I share my work with a writing critique group, but no matter how much I value their input and the help they’ve given me to improve the piece I’ve brought, they don’t know the entire manuscript. Continue reading “You’ve finished your first draft, then what?”