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.
“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.
Writing “sexy” is not about writing about sex per se.
It’s about using words that evoke images, feelings, or one of the five senses. Words that we can clearly identify with and that let us know immediately what is happening.
First touch accelerates intimacy and ups emotion. Some touch words you could use could be: Feathered, stroked, whispered, breathed, tip, brushed, reached.
Here are some sexy body-part words besides eyes and lips that you can use: groin, inner thigh, neck, skin, toe, shoulder, belly, ankle, knee.
Here are some stimulating action verbs to consider: cupped, abandoned, fused, smoldered, spilled, stung, blazed, swallowed, smelled, swarmed….
You get the (sexy) picture.
(Note: none of these words are crude.)
For more extensive examples, check out Sharla Rae’s Sensual Word Menu:
Happy steamy writing,