Editing Tip Tuesday

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Ask the editor.

I thought I’d open the floor to you, my writer friends. How can I help you improve your writing? Are you working on anything that’s driving you nuts? Not sure where to begin? Is your middle sagging? Raise your hand and shout it out. I want to help you.

If you’re not a writer, but want to know some deep dark secret authors know about how to make you turn the page, ask. Don’t be shy. Authors don’t judge. Well, they usually judge themselves against every other author whose book is selling better, but that shouldn’t worry you. Go ahead, ask.

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4 thoughts on “Editing Tip Tuesday

  1. Hmm. Coincidence you brought this up today? I was thinking about you in exactly this vein earlier today-/go figure.

    I have an WIP that simply won’t take shape. I’ve brainstormed, outlined, done at least two graphic organizer ideas and even let the characters “talk” to me directly. (I took notes and felt a bit more focused afterward but not enough to make headway.) I have a pretty good sense of where I want story to go, but can’t seem to flesh it out enough to lay out the steps to get it there.

    Any suggestions? Thnx!

    1. There are no coincidences, my friend. 😉 Okay, the first thing I would ask you is how well do you know your hero and heroine? (I’m assuming this is another romance?) Sometimes just having them talk to you isn’t enough. What happened in their lives to make them who they are at the time of your story? In my current WIP, my heroine grew up in a chaotic environment. Her father left when she was little and her mother suffered from mental illness. As an adult, my heroine isn’t a risk taker. With her upbringing she sees being in control of every part of her life as a way to avoid her past. When the inciting incident happens, it threatens who she is as a person and for the first time in her life she has to take a risk. When you understand them you’ll be able to put them into circumstances that force them to make choices under pressure. I hope this helps.

  2. Thanks, Stacey. That’s great perspective. I have a decent sense of my leads’ back stories, but I like how you related the inciting incident directly to your character’s need for control. I need to go in deeper, I guess. Thnx again!

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