Following up from last week's editing checklist part 1, today I'm focusing on words that are easily confused. Some say English is one of the most difficult languages to master because it has many words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. As writers, we need to know which to… Continue reading Editing Checklist, Part 2
When I'm editing manuscripts — my own and others — I'm often fixing the same things. All writers have little mistakes they always make, and many of us stumble over the same ones. Now, when I say "editing," I don't mean "revising." When you're revising, you're fixing character and plot issues. When you're editing, you're… Continue reading Editing Checklist, Part 1
In my 19 years as a journalist and editor, editing was always open document, save as version 2 (or 3 or whatever, we actually used our initials) then clean it up. Don't waste what you've already got. Build up the weak spots, move sections around, polish up the sentences and viola! The final piece. We… Continue reading Revision Strategies: Edit or Start Again?
To celebrate the release of the trailer for her Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies book, writer/editor Deborah Halverson is giving away a critique of the first 20 pages of a manuscript. It must be fiction of any genre, but no picture books. It's a good deal. The first few pages of a book are… Continue reading Free critique giveaway
Staying on the topic of revising, I talked to someone who knows a lot about making children's literary the best. Deborah Halverson has been on both sides of the desk, working as an editor for Harcourt for 10 years and later as an author of two teen novels, Honk If You Hate Me and Big… Continue reading Writing Young Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson