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The 6 People You Have to Be When Line Editing Your Novel by JC Lillis

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Writing | 0 comments

The 6 People You Have to Be When Line Editing Your Novel by JC Lillis

The 6 People You Have to Be When Line Editing Your Novel by J.C. Lillis YOU ARE SO CLOSE. You’ve fixed plot holes. You’ve cut 7k from your flabby second draft. You’ve gotten rid of that pesky flat character who did nothing but whine and eat all the nectarines. Now your story’s a working machine, and it’s time to rub on that coat of polish that makes it all sleek and glossy. Whether you do your own line edits or edit for others, here are six people you have to be while you shine up your sentences. 1. The Nightclub Doorman Okay, so in your...

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Copy Editing Wizardry Tricks by Helen Boswell

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Pen and Muse Summer School, Writing | 1 comment

Copy Editing Wizardry Tricks by Helen Boswell

First of all, huge hugs and a big THANK YOU to the lovely writers at Pen & Muse for asking me to contribute to their Summer School series! I’m excited to be part of it, and it happens to coincide with me going back to work/school in my other life, so I’m already thinking about lesson plans.     By way of introduction, I’ve self-published three novels and traditionally-published one non-fiction book and one laboratory manual. I worked for about a year as a freelance copy editor for other self-published authors, and...

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Formatting Tips & Tricks by Amy Kessler

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Writing | 0 comments

Formatting Tips & Tricks by Amy Kessler

I can hear it now:  “I’m going the traditional route, I don’t need to know how to do this.” Yes, yes you do. I’m published both traditionally and indie and some of these basic things are very important. With my publisher, I was handed a ninety-page ‘style guide’ to help me with this. Luckily, since I do freelance formatting it wasn’t a huge deal, but I did learn some things. I’m here today to teach you some basic formatting that will make things a bit easier for you.   Paragraphs Let’s start with something that will probably make the...

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How to Trim Words From Your Manuscript by Janice Hardy

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Editing Wizardry, Writing | 10 comments

How to Trim Words From Your Manuscript by Janice Hardy

Hello! Welcome to week three of Pen and Muse Press Summer School 2014! This week’s “course” is Editing Wizardry – because what writer hasn’t wished they had a little magic to help through the revising and editing process? We thought the perfect author to stop by and kick off this session is Janice Hardy, author of The Healing Wars trilogy + Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure . How to Trim Words From Your Manuscript By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Cutting down a too-long manuscript can be...

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Creating 3 Dimensional Characters by Rebecca Rogers

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Pen and Muse Summer School, The Artistry of Noveling, Writing | 0 comments

Creating 3 Dimensional Characters by Rebecca Rogers

Creating 3 Dimensional Characters by Rebecca Rogers When I read a story, three major areas keep me hooked: the plot, the setting, and the characters. If a book slacks off in any one of these areas, odds are I’ll lose interest. If, however, I’m able to connect with all three, or even one more than the others, then I buckle up for an amazing adventure. But which of these areas sticks out the most? To some, it might be the plot. To others, it might be the setting (any epic fantasy lovers out there?). For me, though, it’s the characters. I want...

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Sneak Peek: The Broken by Shelley Coriell

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

Sneak Peek: The Broken by Shelley Coriell

When I was five or six, I got out of bed one night to get a drink of water. As I walked by the living room where my mom and dad were watching TV, a woman on the screen was clawing her way out of an earthen grave. The sight of that mud-covered hand and sound of her choked breathing left me frozen with fear. For years I had nightmares about being buried alive. I’d wake up cold and shaking and gasping for air. To this day, I fear not being able to breathe. So of course I wrote a book about it! In THE BURIED, Grace Courtemanche—an ambitious,...

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Keeping Art and Heart in the Market by Emily Murdoch

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Pen and Muse Summer School, The Artistry of Noveling, Writing | 0 comments

Keeping Art and Heart in the Market by Emily Murdoch

Why do you write? It may sound like an easy question, until it becomes THE question. For many writers, sharing one’s writing is about sharing much more than words and ideas. For many of us, those novels, stories and poems beat with our hearts, our hopes, and a dash of our souls. Every writer faces rejection at some point in their career, especially in the beginning stages. Even well-known, NYT best-selling authors face rejection with each new project sailed out into the world. There are no guarantees of publication or success. Reality...

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Campfire Tales – A Unique Method For Excapsulating Your Story / Creating Your Synopsis (plus freebies!) by Eddie Louise

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in The Artistry of Noveling, Writing | 1 comment

Campfire Tales – A Unique Method For Excapsulating Your Story / Creating Your Synopsis (plus freebies!) by Eddie Louise

We’ve all been there or at least seen it in a film: a group of avid campers, gathers around a fire, chins tilted, eyes glittering as a teller holds them spellbound with a story. Campfire stories all share a common DNA, and that same genetic structure can become the basis of a synopsis for your work – no matter the genre. Before we get started, click on the link below marked SYNOPSIS WORKSHEET and print a copy. With this form and your trusty pencil in hand, I invite you to consider the following elements necessary to create enthralled...

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Innovation in Writing by Amy Joy Lutchen

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Pen and Muse Summer School, The Artistry of Noveling, Writing | 5 comments

Innovation in Writing by Amy Joy Lutchen

If you’re a regular Pen and Muse reader, you may recognize the name Amy Joy Lutchen. You see, Muse KJ fell in love with her debut novel Renhala, and apparently can’t stop talking about it. Or the sequel: Golden Dunes of Renhala. And the sequel again. She might have a problem. And when an author creates that sort of problem for her, they’re an obvious choice to reach out to for Summer School don’t you think? She thought so. Innovations in Writing by Amy Joy Lutchen   “Innovation is the introduction of something new.”...

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The First Fives – Getting Your Opening Up to Par by Riki Cleveland

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Pen and Muse Summer School, The Artistry of Noveling, Writing | 2 comments

The First Fives – Getting Your Opening Up to Par by Riki Cleveland

It’s no surprise that beginnings are hard. When you finally find your manuscript in the hands of an editor or agent, you want to make the best first impression you possibly can- and fast. A lot of times that means within the first five pages, but focusing on the first five sentences, or even words, of your manuscript can help you get over that hump and make the reader want to move further. Today we are going to talk about those all-important first fives: the first five words, sentences, and pages of your manuscript. What makes a compelling...

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