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Electronic Editing Talk in St. Augustine

Electronic Editing Talk in St. Augustine

You wrote a great story. You described the characters, set the stage, electrified the events, accomplished all the tasks you know are necessary to make your manuscript shine. But what about those annoying mistakes that hide in your blind spots? How do you eliminate unconscious habits that leak the life out of your brilliant stories? I’ll be answering these questions…

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Editing: Make Your Stories Shine Workshop

Editing: Make Your Stories Shine Workshop

Good writing requires good editing, and putting pen to paper is just the beginning. It’s time to take your writing from promising to polished! Editing: Make Your Stories Shine Workshop March 16, 2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Lake Fairview, Orlando, FL You have a heap of stories in front of you. You’ve worked long and hard to get them…

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A great new editing tool

A great new editing tool

All writers have blind spots. We have our pets—favorite words, clichés, overused phrases, excessive adverbs—that we read right over when reviewing our stories. So, what’s the big deal? I love the word just. I can use just over and over again, and it sounds just fine to me. The problem is that the reader often trips over them. He can…

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How do I know when I’m finished writing my story?

How do I know when I’m finished writing my story?

A couple of times this week, students asked me, “How do I know when I’m finished writing a story?” Good question. That’s one I’ve asked myself many times. Unfortunately, there’s no one right answer to this inquiry. Sorry. I once had a professor, Dr. Lezlie Laws, who said, “You never really finish a piece. You merely abandon it.” I understood…

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