Charon swore. The monitor he had been battling with for the last hour had flickered off yet again and had now filled the area with the smell of burnt plastic. “Typical.” He crawled under the desk and fought with the mass of wire that inevitably develops behind the desk of even the most fastidious of us. Eventually, he found the correct lead and followed it to the power socket. It had melted. Struggling to his feet he picked up the telephone and hit one of the autodial keys. “Yes. It’s the front desk. Again. Put me through to IT please.” He waited for ten minutes on hold, listening to a very tinny, off-tempo, instrumental version of Rhinestone Cowboy on a loop while grinding his teeth.
Writer's First Rule. People pay you for your work. Not the other way around. If someone asks you to pay money, ANY money, in order represent your work you need to do several things: Tell them you are no longer interested Block their number Add their email to your 'blocked senders' list Preditors & Editors was … Continue reading Keeping the red flags flying (so you don’t get conned)
We know when something comes out flat. It feels trite or contrived as if it could really be done away with. Being vague has the same effect. If that information is important then the 'seemed to', estimations, and approximations need to go. Your author voice will come through the stronger for it.
The advice in this post is just so marvellous I have just purchased her book on story structure and the accompanying workbook. Ms Weiland offers succinct advice not only on what to avoid, as well as why to avoid it and what it does to your narrative. I honestly could not have put it better. Rather … Continue reading Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 40: Unnecessary Scenes| Kim Weiland
I have decided to put together a reading list of the twelve books (some are really big) I want to read or finish reading this year, and I have scheduled time for my own reading in my calendar. I have included blurbs and links so if you fancy any yourself you can find them quickly (all links are kindle UK). You might notice a bit of a theme. I don't intend to read them in any particular order (apart from the first one which is due today and I am champing at the bit to start). Oh, and you might notice a bit of a theme.
A suggestion from a fellow editor made me give editing and proofreading a go and I am glad I took him up on his advice. I love it and have since set myself up as a freelancer. This means I have the freedom to set my own hours. It has also taught me that I not only need to learn when to stop working and think about something else for a while but actually do it.
I am really out of practice with the software, so bare with me. They will get better. I have not yet bucked up the courage to actually appear in a video, but give me time and I am sure it will happen.
Write as though someone who knows the rules will be reading your work. A good editor will pick these bad habits, and they are bad habits, up and call you out on them. It might be an idea to throw a few deliberate errors into your sample edit pages just to see if they spot them. If they do not bring them up, that should be an alarm.
One of the most often quoted axioms is: "Show, don't tell."
Choosing an editor is not easy. The good ones have fees that could choke a horse. However, they are GOOD editors, so the fees they charge are worth it. If you can afford those fees. Unfortunately, many Indie authors just can't break out that kind of cash. Enter the rip off artists. They come in … Continue reading More about choosing an editor.