editing tips

September 9, 2009

The Quick Red Edit Jumps Over the Lazy Verb

What is a lazy verb? Can a verb really be lazy? As a writer, would you let a lazy verb sit on its ass or would you give a good kick in the tush? Editors love to highlight these in your manuscript and like the proverbial show, don’t tell, the lazy verb is the bane of a writer’s editing existence. So what exactly is a lazy verb? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. A lazy verb tells you what someone or something is doing, but it doesn’t show the action. It doesn’t give the action flavor, texture or imagery. […]
July 30, 2009

The Writing Process

What is the writing process that I use to create my stories? To write my worlds? There is a simple answer and a long answer to that question. The simple answer is I don’t really have a writing process that I advertise, the long answer is my writing process adjusts for the project that I am working on. Confused? S’okay, in trying to create a coherent explanation of what is essentially an internal process, I managed to confuse myself a little. The Writing Process – Prewriting Prewriting is the portion of your writing process where you do research, develop inspirational […]
July 18, 2009

Weekend Writing Tips: Editing

“Every writer needs an editor. I don’t care how good you are or think you are.” -Nora Roberts Tessa Dare (@TessaDare) tweetted this from the Romance Writer’s of America national conference this week. Truer words have never been spoken. Nora Roberts is an author with quite a broad library of work under her belt. She’s dealt with editors at different publishing houses and from different perspectives. She is quite frankly one of the most if not the most successful romance author out there churning out best seller after best seller. But she still needs an editor. We all do. The […]