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.
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”
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?”
I’ve been working with writing groups for the last few years after struggling on my own for over a decade. My critique groups consist of authors at the beginning stages right up to those who have published a long list of books. Continue reading “Thinking of joining a critique group?”
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Do you know why you should be wary of us?
We are a sneaky bunch. Continue reading “Watch out for Writers”