fiction

Romance Editor

Finding a Great Romance Editor

“Good romance editors are worth their weight in bestsellers.” Romance editors: it might be hard to find one who embodies all of the attributes below (I’m not sure I do!) but these tips will help you navigate your way to the romance editor of your dreams. Alternatively, if you already have…

Storytelling Tips

5 Storytelling Tips to Win Readers

When the freelance gurus at TurnPoint asked me to outline my top five storytelling tips as a fiction editor, I was happy to oblige. Almost every rough draft I encounter would benefit from at least one, if not all of these storytelling tips. But before you toss that manuscript away, rest assured, each…

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3 Tips in 2 Minutes

In this post I share three very hot writing tips in only 2 minutes, taken from a Skills Sharing session I hosted at Hubud in Bali, Indonesia.

show don't tell rule

‘Show Don’t Tell’ Rule

Rule: SHOW us the goods, don’t TELL us to buy them.   The old ‘show don’t tell’ rule is one of the most important for good writing, and once you understand it you’ll find yourself cringing over old work that suddenly appears gauche and overstated (I know I did). So,…

finding novel's theme

Finding Your Novel’s Dream Theme

Many writers shiver at the T word. After all, finding a novel’s theme sounds so intellectual, a boring week of high school English you’d rather leave forgotten. But throw out theme at your own risk, because it’s the secret ingredient that will make your story soar, or leave it sorely lacking….

adverbs

Awfully Awkward Adverbs

  An adverb is a descriptor such as: She rubbed her eyes and said tiredly, “These adverbs are so redundant.”  Consider that sentence. The word “tiredly” didn’t need to be there, because we already indicated she was tired by saying she “rubbed her eyes”. Recognisable by their ‘ly’ ending, adverbs…