Friday’s Itty Bitties — #15

Mark Twain said, “The difference between the right and the nearly right word is the same as that between lightning and the lightning bug.” I’m currently trying to add lightning bolts to my manuscript and as I stare at the mass of notes I’ve made about just how to do...

Today’s Review – Two Books on Revision Techniques for Fiction

My bookcase holds two books that deal with revising and editing fiction: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King; and Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon. Both are excellent resources that will help you revise your manuscript for structure and...

Writers: Pick up a baton and orchestrate your characters!

Are your characters earning their place in your fiction? When they appear on the page do they make your story move? If you said “Yes!” then you don’t need to read on. But if you think your characters are sitting around like a bunch of goof-offs, waiting for you to...