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True Confessions: Help Needed

“You’ve given us all lots of great ideas … but what can we do for you? How can we help you with your writing?” Last night I attended a “mini-writers’ group” gathering which focuses on nonfiction, especially creative nonfiction. Others at the meeting shared about their writing and/or passed out copies to get advice, and we … Continue reading

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Working with a Partner, Writers’ Group, & Beta-Readers

This is #4 of a series of 5 posts with tips and tasks related to self-editing. See the links at the bottom of the post for other articles in this series. Your writing group–or partner–or beta readers–might not be quite as hilarious as Buster Keaton’s writing group, but you can still have a great time … Continue reading

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A Writer’s and Self-Editor’s Reference Library

This is #1 of a series of 5 posts with tips and tasks related to self-editing. See the links at the bottom of the post for other articles in this series. So–you want to be a writer? You need a reference library! Maybe you have been developing a great idea–fiction or non-fiction–for many years. Maybe … Continue reading

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Poetry Writing and Self-Editing Tips – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part series on poetry tips: Tips for self-editing your poetry. Part 1 in this series discussed: Tips for building your poetry skills.   Tips for self-editing your poetry: Edit your poem several times. After each edit, put the poem away and let it percolate in your mind. Tinker with … Continue reading

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Poetry Writing and Self-Editing Tips- Part 1

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on poetry tips: Tips for building your poetry skills. Part 2 in this series will discuss: Tips for self-editing your poetry. Tips for building your poetry skills: Read lots of different kinds of poetry, both old and new, in order to improve your own work. Read newly … Continue reading

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A Collection of Editing Marks

Reasons to still edit on paper manuscripts: While a lot of editing nowadays is done directly on e-file manuscripts using editing software such as Microsoft Word’s “Comments” and “Track Changes,” there are still good reasons to do hands-on editing on paper/print-out manuscripts: When editing a long manuscript, it can be easier on your eyes than … Continue reading

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Humorous Quotes About Writing

I’ve been collecting examples of writing and editing humour, and thought I’d post some writing jokes here to give you a chuckle! (If you have other great examples, let me know and I’ll add them to the list, too). “Edit your manuscript until your fingers bleed and you have memorized every last word. Then, when you … Continue reading