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3 1/2 Tips for Fixing an Unlikable Character

September 15, 2015 Writing Stuff
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In writing, it’s difficult to balance “not enough” and “too much.” Not enough flaws can make our characters flat, and too many flaws can make our characters unlikable. Some genres can get away with unlikable characters, but for those stories that can’t, here are 3 1/2 tips to fix the problem.

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Editing Mistakes: How Forgiving of a Reader Are You?

September 10, 2015 Over-Achieving Perfectionist
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An interesting conversation grew out of Misti Wolanski’s guest post earlier this week. She mentioned that sometimes readers enjoy finding typos. Let’s take a closer look at what that means for readers and for us as authors? Should we leave typos in our work? What say you…

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When Is a Good Editor Not Good for Your Story? — Guest: Misti Wolanski

September 8, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Many writers write both fiction and non-fiction (even if the latter is just blog posts), but the two types of writing require different skills—from authors and from editors. The better we understand the differences, the better we can follow the right rules at the right time and the better we can judge whether an editor is skilled in the right areas to be a good editor for us.

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When Does It Make Sense to Make Big Revisions?

July 30, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Revisions are never easy. Unlike just plain edits, which might have us questioning a word, revisions might have us questioning everything. Sometimes the feedback we receive might cause us to wonder if the suggestions are a good idea for our story. How can we tell? Which battles should we pick when debating our publisher’s editor?

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What Should We Do If We’re Sick of Our Story?

May 5, 2015 Writing Stuff
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When we first start writing our story, we’re filled with passion for the idea. But at some point, we might dread working on our story. Is that a warning sign? Or should we plow forward anyway?

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Revision Technique: Why Did You Do That?

April 28, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Everything we write should be intentional—the words we use, the events we emphasize, the emotions we evoke, the themes we build, etc. But when our writing doesn’t match our intentions, we might need trusted feedback that forces us to justify our choices.

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Picking Editors: What Do You Need from Your Editor?

April 21, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Last week, we talked about the different kinds of editing and editors, and we also talked about how to evaluate editors. Now let’s dig deeper into some of the variations we might encounter when evaluating editors. By understanding these variations, we might better be able to find our perfect match.

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Picking Editors: How to Evaluate Potential Editors

April 16, 2015 Writing Stuff
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When we need to open our wallet for editing services, we want to make sure that we’re spending our money on quality editing for our needs. Let’s see if we can come up with tips, questions, and processes that will help us evaluate editors for our needs.

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Picking Editors: What Kind Do We Need?

April 14, 2015 Writing Stuff
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No matter how good we are self-editing, we can’t catch every unclear meaning or typo in our own work. But there are different kinds of editors, and if we have a limited budget, we might not know what type of editors are most important for our success. Let’s take a closer look at the types of editing and when we might (or might not) need that type of editing.

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Self-Publishing: Prioritizing Fast, Cheap, and Good

April 2, 2015 Writing Stuff
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All writers, especially those who self-publish, have to decide: Are we writing and publishing just for ourselves? Or are we writing and publishing to get customers (readers)? Depending on those answers, we might prioritize our choices of “fast, cheap, or good” differently.

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