The Trust Fall of Editing: Sample Edits

By Kathrin Herr Hey, author friends! I’m Kathrin, AKA The Writing Mechanic. In this blog post, I want to talk about one of my favorite ways to decide whether if an editor and author mesh well together: the glorious sample edit! When I communicate with authors about editing their books, I always suggest that we […]

Write, Don’t Talk!

Don’t Talk… Write! How to Keep — not Lose — your Motivation by Sarah Tun I once heard another writer make a comment which made so much sense to me I’ve never forgotten it. For novice writers in particular, this message could be crucial to ensure to get your projects out of the starting blocks. […]

Creative tactics in writing craft

by Gina Burgess I’ve been an editor for a long time, both in newspaper and various other industries. I learned a lot about editing then and while earning my Master’s, but most of what I have learned is through reading (fiction and non-fiction) since I was a little girl. Since I’ve been reviewing books, I’ve […]

Weeding Out the Dross

by Sarah Tun  Writing is an art… and a science. Just like in gardening, you want to weed out the bad stuff so the good stuff can shine and breathe and spark a reader’s imagination. It’s obvious that writing is an art, but perhaps not so clear there is a science to the process of […]

Realistic Characters that are Believable

by Joni Fisher GATHER BASIC INFORMATION If your story involves characters in a specific career, then research it. You can learn basic information about any legal job from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, at . For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook […]

Not the Grammar Police #2

by Sophie Dawson What’s the difference between then and than? Listen to people talking or read a hand written note sometime and you’ll invariably see these two words mixed up eventually. When proofreading, I see them confused many times. Then gives a connotation of time or place. The other than is a comparison. Seems pretty simple and straight […]

Crafting Memorable Dialogue #2

by Joni Fisher (From her article Dialogue Abused and Misused) Dialogue is designed to perform these functions: Advance the plot. The inciting incident, key turning points, the climax and other important emotional moments have the greatest impact when the events unfold in front of the reader. Build to a change in a relationship, a power […]

Editing is NOT Nitpicking

  Submitted by Gina Burgess I received this from friends at Pro-Edit. This is another reason why a different pair of eyes needs to edit your work. I was a newspaper editor, and these kinds of gaffes are so easy to make when you are focused on quickly getting the story out, or trying to […]

These Crucial Elements are Why a Story Is a Story

by Gina Burgess I thought everyone knew the crucial elements of a story until I read a book the other day that read like the author was writing by the seat of his/her pants. (Uh uh! I’m not telling who it was that wrote it – and it wasn’t any of my clients, either). The story […]

Plotline Potholes May Swallow Your Readers

By Kathrin Herr, The Writing Mechanic As authors, we have a tendency to forget that the worlds we create and the tales we tell originated in our own brains. Living our story in our own heads leads to skipping over some things that are obvious to us, but actually, leave giant potholes in our plot—the […]