Category Archives: Editing

WHOOPS, I DID IT AGAIN.

Last fall, I participated in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of writers around the world take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words in thirty days. I wrote a few posts about the beginning, the middle and the … Continue reading

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HURTS SO GOOD: USING CRITIQUES TO MAKE YOUR WORK STRONGER.

Writing a novel couldn’t be more different than writing an ad. Or so I thought. In the last few weeks, I’ve realized just how much the lessons I’ve learned throughout my advertising career have been helping me in my latest … Continue reading

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I WROTE A BOOK—NOW WHAT? PART TWO: EDITING

Remember when I said, “Don’t worry about editing, just write.”? Well, that was cute for the first draft. But once that’s finished, it’s time to get serious and start the editing process. To paraphrase Ernest Hemingway,  E.B. White, Roald Dahl … Continue reading

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WORD COUNT: THE MATH OF WRITING

On the rare occasion someone asks me a question involving math or a calculation of any kind, I have a standard response: I work with letters, not numbers. That worked until I realized there is an element of math that … Continue reading

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A CASE AGAINST THE OXFORD COMMA.

As someone who makes a living writing, I am embarrassingly bad at grammar—especially when it comes to commas. I once joked that I must have missed the week in third grade when commas were covered, but I’m afraid it might be true. … Continue reading

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ROOM TO BREATHE

It takes a lot of work to craft a :30 second story (which is really a :27 story once you allow for the :03 logo at the end). To make it compelling, entertaining and informative is far from easy. As a … Continue reading

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I WROTE A BOOK—NOW WHAT? PART ONE: FORMATTING

Finishing my book, it turns out, was just the beginning. As an unpublished, unagented author, I’m the last person who should be giving advice on what to do after finishing your manuscript. So don’t consider this advice—just one writer’s story … Continue reading

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