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Understanding Content Edit

Understanding Content Edit

Understanding Content Edit By Lauren Shmelz. Reposted with permission from Write divas What is a content edit? A content edit of a manuscript is an edit that focuses strongly on story, plot, inconsistencies, character development, structure, pacing, and flow. Although grammar and punctuation are also part of the process, a large effort is placed on the creative elements instead of the technical ones. The primary goal is to edit with a creative touch, and the majority of the marks … Read entire article »

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Writing Pitfall #5: Head Hopping

Writing Pitfall #5: Head Hopping

Writing Pitfall #5: Head Hopping Reposted with permission from Divas on Writing  In today’s article, #5 in our series on writing pitfalls for new authors, we will deal with head hopping. Head hopping stems from a lack of understanding of third person perspectives. To properly understand head hopping, we must first review the different types of point of view (POV). Like the first person POV, third person limited is a close perspective that is told in the voice of a character … Read entire article »

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What Is A Manuscript Assessment?

What Is A Manuscript Assessment?

What Is A Manuscript Assessment? By Janine Savage. Reposted with permission from Write Divas A manuscript assessment has several names: assessment, critique, analysis, evaluation, etc. But what does it do? It is an editor’s evaluation of a story as a whole. It points out the strengths and weaknesses of a manuscript to help the author find problem areas at an early stage in the writing and polishing process. The assessment looks at several areas that contribute to … Read entire article »

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Writing Pitfall #4: Mundane Detail

Writing Pitfall #4: Mundane Detail

Writing Pitfall #4: Mundane Detail   Reposted with permission from Write Divas   Back when I first started writing, I thought details were the meat and potatoes of my stories; the more the better is what I always thought. I had no qualms about writing the step-by-step of how my characters cooked spaghetti, how their shower routines consisted of lather, rinse, repeat with their specifically scented shampoo while their soap was a sliver of an inch thick and purple and slippery, or even … Read entire article »

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Writing Pitfall #3: Flashbacks

Writing Pitfall #3: Flashbacks

Writing Pitfall #3: Flashbacks Reposted with permission from Write divas   Literary flashbacks (analepses), and to a lesser extent flashforwards (prolepses), are the bane of many an editor. Why? Mostly because of misuse by authors who don’t understand when, why, and how to use these tools effectively. A flashback does one thing well. It halts the forward momentum of the story in the present in order to visit something that has already happened. It’s simply not part of what’s … Read entire article »

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