Category Archives: Editing

Picture the Perfect First Page

I’m spending several weekends this month at local writing events. One is our region’s SCBWI conference while two others are informal gatherings with other writers. Each one gives me the opportunity to present one of my first pages to a … Continue reading

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Backstory May Kill Your Story

When I first began writing MG stories, I loved filling in the juicy details as to what had already happened to my main character.  I assumed potential readers needed to know the reasons behind the behavior of my MC in … Continue reading

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The Way To See It

I’ve read a ton of middle grade books throughout my childhood and career – many of them more than once. But my own stories are ones I’ve read dozens of times. My first attempt at writing and editing a story … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins For Rejection

I was cleaning up a few loose papers from last month’s Big Sur in the Rockies Writer’s Conference and found one more helpful set of notes… Most of us know the importance of that first page to hook the reader … Continue reading

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Editing the Final Draft

I’ve twisted, moved, and tweaked each plot point and every hole is filled. The story has been read and re-read by myself and trusted critique partners. So now how do I edit this beast? Of course I try to do … Continue reading

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Still Learning to Read Out loud

One of the frequent suggestions from established authors is to read your drafts out loud. It helps with the flow of a story and voice. I’ve read a ton of stories to kids over the years. Whenever there was a … Continue reading

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Read widely to become a better writer. That advice has never been a problem for me. I’m reading all the time. It’s when I’m focused on writing where reading becomes even more important.  I’ve written stories in a first person … Continue reading

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