Tagged: English

3 reasons you want to master editing

Completed the first draft of your novel? Congratulations!

You think that was work? Get ready for EDITING! This is where your major work begins.

Editing isn’t just about making sure the words are spelled correctly and the grammar is correct. Editing is looking at every aspect of your writing—from your initial story idea, through the telling of your story, to how you craft your sentences.

Well, yes, and spelling and punctuation, too.

I’ve had writers in my classes say, “Oh, I’ll just hire an editor to do all that.”

Really? And what is your budget for that?

So here are 3 reasons why after you master the art of writing you want to master the art of editing:

1 – Professional editing is not cheap. Not only that but, to cover all the bases, you will likely need to hire two people, a Developmental or Content Editor and a Copy or Line Editor.

2 – You can significantly reduce professional editing costs. If you want to hire an editor—and when you feel you are completely finished with your manuscript you should pay a qualified person to look at the work—you will need to budget anywhere from $3/page to $40/hour. And that’s the low end. You only have to google “average editing costs” to verify what I’m talking about.

3 – Presenting a well-edited book to an agent or publishing house makes you look professional. And professionalism increases your chances of being taken seriously as a writer and getting published.

For more detailed information on the editing process and how you can easily master it, CLICK HERE.




Ray Bradbury on writing…

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury

Are you addicted to writing? Can you honestly say it’s your passion?

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury (who died at 91 in 2012) inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create.

During his career he wrote hundreds of short stories and almost fifty books, as well as poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays.

One of the most celebrated writers of our time, Bradbury won numerous awards and honors and was even nominated for an Academy Award. So if you are serious about writing, you want to know what this man has to say.

In these nine essays on writing and creativity he will entertain you, inspire you and remind you that there is joy to be found in writing.

“I have learned, on my journeys,” says Bradbury, “that if I let a day go by without writing, I grow uneasy.”

Learn from the best. Learn from Ray Bradbury.



10 Shakespearean Terms of Endearment

What a peculiar, interesting, evolving thing is the English language.

For anyone who had to study Shakespeare in high school (my best friend was an English teacher who taught that class), it would seem that in the 16th century English was almost a completely different language.

Consider these 10 terms of endearment from that period:

     Lambkin – used lovingly to refer to one who is sweet, young and innocent.

     Duck – term of endearment meaning dear or darling

     Wag – often used by a mother to refer to her baby boy.

     Babcock – meaning a fine fellow.

     Chuck – roughly meaning “my love.”

     Ladybird – referring to a close female friend or sweetheart

     Bully – lovingly referring to a good friend who could also be a sweetheart

     Bud – anyone considered to be immature or undeveloped.

     Honey – darling, or dear friend

     Mouse – a favorite or beloved woman.

“Honey” is the only one on this list that we use today with the same meaning.

Now, in the 21st century, we have all kinds of new (mostly street) words of endearment. I don’t even want to go there…