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Blog Chain: Writers’ Fears

In Blog Chain, Dawn Allen on September 18, 2013 at 8:00 am


Every writer has fears. Some are rational, some are not. Some are huge and some are small, yet they shape how we interact within the writing community and impact how we conduct ourselves as writers.

What do you fear as writers? Share below. Then check out our confessions on our sites: Dawn @ Write On, Natasha Hanova, Leatrice @ Info Dump a la El.




Novel Editing Tips

In Craft, Dawn Allen on September 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

“To write is human, to edit is divine.”

~ Stephen King

Our critique group compiled a list of editing tips that we have used when revising our own novels over the years. It’s a work in progress which we constantly tweak and seek to improve. Check it out and see if it works for you and your writing.

Editing Tips – Quick List

  • Does the beginning hook the reader?
  • Does the setting give reader a sense of place? Is it too much or too little?
  • Is the point of view consistent?
  • Characterization: Are the characters interesting? Are they believable?  Do they have flaws? Do their motives seem real and push the story? Are they stereotypes or too one-dimensional? Are the names a good fit? Do the character’s dialogue and actions fit them? Do the setting and the characters’ personalities fit? Are physical characteristics introduced well? Do the readers spend too much time in the POV character’s head?
  • Is the dialogue engaging? Believable? Is internal dialogue passing for emotions or plot?
  • Did  the tension (conflict) in the plot (and any subplots) come to a reasonable conclusion? Was there anything that left the reader unsure of how or what happened?
  • Is there a good balance of action, narration, and dialogue?
  • Is the tone appropriate for the  age and gender of the POV character? Is the tone fitting for the type of story being told?
  • Does sentence structure accurately convey intent of scene?
  • Check for excessive passive voice.
  • Are the transitions between scenes and POVs smooth?  Do they enhance the tension?
  • Are the scenes/chapters in a logical order?
  • Check for overuse of pet words and phrases

We have a more in-depth version, but this shorter checklist is easiest to use. Pull out that manuscript and start checking for transitions and passive voice. 🙂DawnAllenSig

Poll: Editing vs Writing

In Natasha Hanova on September 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Next week Dawn Allen will post tips on editing.

This week, we want to learn a little more about you. Please take a moment to answer the poll and share a tip or two you’ve learned about editing and/or writing with others.


What’s the best advice you’ve been given about writing/revising? What’s the worst advice you’ve been given (Please DON’T name names)?

Happy Reading & Writing