Writing

Problems of first-person narration

Excellent observations by Mooderino about writing in the first person. Check it out here: http://tmblr.co/ZKfOqx1T4LxG7

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Writing

More good advice from mooderino

I know him only by his username: mooderino. I first read his writing on critiquecircle.com, and followed his blog until I moved mine to wordpress and his posts no longer appeared in my reader. But today I got an email about this blog post, and I pass it on to all wordpress bloggers and other writers out there.

His blog is Moody Writing and it’s full of some of the best advice for writers that  I’ve found anywhere.

Check it out and pass it on!

Story Structure–Pity, Fear and Catharsis

drafting, Editing, Kindle, revising, Writing

Editing made easy

Okay, not easy. Easier.

You’ve probably heard that reformatting your word processing page single-spaced with narrow margins (making it look more like a book page) is one way to get fresh eyes on your work-in-progress. Even better, if you have a Kindle, try the personal document feature (Send to Kindle) to examine your manuscript. A different format helps you notice problems. For example, until I read my current project on Kindle, I didn’t see I needed another sentence in the first paragraph.

If you’re like me, you edit as you write. All advice is against this, but too bad, I can’t help it. Often when I finish a scene I examine it in MS Word’s two-page view. This is very handy for seeing across a lot of text, spotting sentence pairs with identical construction, the same word repeated too often, etc.

I hope at some point you read your text aloud, a tried and true method to reveal shabby writing. And here’s my newest technique:

Don’t just read your text aloud, record it! Then listen to it while you study your word processing page.

When you think you’re ready to publish, don’t. Submit your work to a critique group like critiquecircle.com. Not every bit of advice you receive may work for your project, but CC writers can teach you a lot. Some writers post several drafts of each novel whether they intend to submit it to an agent or self-publish.

Finally, if you self-publish, be kind to your book and hire an editor. It’s what every publisher does.