concise writing / editing / self-editing

Problems with Repetition: Examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. Examples of Issues with Repetition: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider some changes to avoid … Continue reading

concise writing / editing / self-editing

Awkward word order: examples

Sometimes real examples of writing issues are easier to understand than lengthy, complicated explanations. In this new series (see the list of “Real Examples of Various Writing Issues“) you’ll see various real-life writing problems and suggested solutions. Examples of Issues with Awkward Word Order: In the following cases, the writer might want to consider changing … Continue reading

beta readers / concise writing / length of books

An Editor’s Comments About a Extra-Long Manuscript That Needs Re-Typing

This is part 10 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to … Continue reading

concise writing / editing / length of books / querying agents and publishers

An Editor’s Comments on Manuscript Length

This is part 4 of my series on “An Editor’s Comments.” These are actual comments I’ve made to clients, and are directed to their particular needs, so they are sometimes quite different than what you’ll find in a style manual or other editing book. I hope you’ll find these thoughts helpful! If you want to learn … Continue reading

beta readers / concise writing / editing / editing checklists / poetry / rhymes

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

concise writing / editing / editing activities

Writing Concisely–Tips from an Editor

  This post contains excerpts from editor’s comments I made to one of my clients on the importance of writing concisely. I hope you find it helpful. ***** I have attached a copy of your original manuscript, with words, phrases, and even some paragraphs highlighted that I feel you could withdraw from the manuscript without … Continue reading