Tag: revising

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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Writing with photographs, part two

Writing with photographs, part two

In last week’s post on Writing with Photographs, we talked about ways to look at photographs—how to systematically examine the photograph’s physical characteristics, inventory the image, listen for the story the picture has to tell and answer the basic who-what-where-when-why-how questions. Now, let’s focus our attention on what to do with the information gleaned from the study of our photographs.…

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Hook ‘em…

Hook ‘em…

Hook ’em … Your first sentence or two can make or break the story. It can entice your reader to keep going or convince him to go take a nap, so it’s important to put time and effort into constructing a great opening. But, and this is a big but, work on your opening after you’ve written the story. Don’t…

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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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