The Red Pen: December is for editing.
Ready, set . . . edit. It’s December, and NaNoWriMo 2018 is history. Forgoing Netflix binges and holiday preparations alike, your retinas are seared by long nights of blinking cursors and you have emerged triumphant (if exhausted) 50,000 words later. A newbie novelist might be ready to slap a cover on that mess and CreateSpace…
Pitch Perfect in 3 Steps
“Are you crying?” Tom Hanks asks in A League of Their Own. “There’s no crying in baseball!” Maybe not in baseball…but certainly, many an author has shed tears over a pitch. So how do you turn your pitch into a home run? Step 1: Know Your Genre To say that your book is sci-fi is…
The Manuscript Diet
Looking to whittle down your word count? Here are three simple ways to cut the fat. Eliminate passive voice Remember this from elementary school? Passive voice is the difference between “The boy kicked the ball” and “The ball was kicked by the boy.” In the former, the subject (boy) is doing the action—in this case,…