Quarterly Newsletter: Up and Running

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm officially declaring my hiatus over. Sure, it's only been a week, I know that. But I have such a renewed dedication to my writing, I'm determined to treat it more seriously and keep on top of it - even when I don't really feel like it. I've been writing almost … Continue reading Quarterly Newsletter: Up and Running

I’m back!

Maybe that's a little premature. I've been on hiatus for like... A year? I've been creatively dead, to the point where I've questioned my entire future in writing, and it's been utterly heartbreaking. However, a few days off a certain medication, and I literally tossed and turned all night long before finally giving up at … Continue reading I’m back!

A Short Story: The Cupid’s Dilemma

Thought I would share with you a piece I wrote for a fiction writing class at Uni last year, about a teenage cupid-in-training. My teacher wasn't happy with it, but hopefully y'all will be at least mildly entertained.   The Cupid’s Dilemma   Being a teenager is complicated enough. Leslie thought it was wholly unfair … Continue reading A Short Story: The Cupid’s Dilemma

On Filter Words – by Shaelin Bishop

You may or may not have seen me talking about Shaelin Bishop before; she's one of my favourite writers on youtube and I watched a video by her that is really important and incredibly helpful for editing your manuscript that I wanted to share with you all. It's only 5 minutes of your time, and I … Continue reading On Filter Words – by Shaelin Bishop

Why You Should Consider Completely Scrapping Chapter One

Let's talk about the first chapter of a book and the reasons why I scrap chapter one. Chapter One: The Beginning. The first words of a story, the first scenes and events - for me - are equivalent to dipping your toes in the water, a temperature test, an experiment in preparation. Obviously, this will … Continue reading Why You Should Consider Completely Scrapping Chapter One

Disappearing Act

I pulled another vanishing act this past month or so. Due to personal life struggles, I decided to take a break from... well, everything. I packed a bag and went away for two weeks, ignoring all social media so I could focus on myself for a while. It was much needed and properly enjoyed, but … Continue reading Disappearing Act

Useful Tips for Self-Editing a Manuscript

Sorry I haven’t been writing original content of late; I’ll talk through it during my next WIP Wednesday blog.

A Writer's Path

 

by Emily Nemchick

Whilst there is no substitute for hiring a professional editor, self-editing is an important skill for any writer to hone. For one thing, the more passes a manuscript gets, the fewer errors will remain in the final product. If you are using an editor, be sure to self-edit thoroughly first so they can focus on the things you have missed. If you are not using an editor, then self-editing is doubly essential. Here are a few tips to make sure you catch as many errors as possible.

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