Category Archives: Editing Your Work

Writing & Editing: Find & Eliminate Words You Overuse

All writers have our pet set of words that we use over and over again. It’s fine to write them in your first draft, but make sure you seek them out and eliminate them before you turn in your final … Continue reading

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Writing & Editing: Find and Eliminate Useless Verbs

Nothing can let the air out of a great sentence like a boring, flat verb. Unfortunately, we writers tend to love boring verbs–especially the “being” verbs, and our sentences suffer for it. The best way to fix a flat sentence? … Continue reading

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Writing & Editing: Find & Eliminate Stupid Words

First, I must apologize for not blogging for a while. I got bogged down both with traveling to two conventions in two weeks and with the Thanksgiving holiday. I’ve also put myself on an intense deadline to get my latest … Continue reading

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Recap of The Writing Process Posts

Over the past month, I have posted a few articles on my blog about the writing process. If you missed them, here they are: The Writing Process: Part 1 – Getting Your Inspiration The Writing Process: Part 2 – The … Continue reading

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The Writing Process Part 10 – Read Your Manuscript Out Loud

Don’t neglect the last, and most important step in the writing process: reading your work out loud. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked via Twitter: “Mrs. @mbweston, what’s your writing process?” To answer his question, I’ve been … Continue reading

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The Writing Process Part 9 – Dealing With Critique

Handling criticism is one of the most important parts of creating a great story. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked via Twitter: “Mrs. @mbweston, what’s your writing process?” To answer his question, I’ve been writing a series … Continue reading

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The Writing Process Part 8 – Using Advance Readers

Your most valuable writing asset isn’t your computer, grammar knowledge, or storytelling ability. It’s your arsenal of advance readers. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked via Twitter: “Mrs. @mbweston, what’s your writing process?” To answer his question, … Continue reading

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Tools for Writing: A Mini-Thesaurus

Why keeping a cheat sheet of common words will help your writing. When I posted a blog on:  The Writing Process: Part 7 – Editing for Grammar & Style, I mentioned using a thesaurus. I also posted a section about minimizing … Continue reading

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The Writing Process: Part 7 – Editing for Grammar & Style

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked via Twitter: “Mrs. @mbweston, what’s your writing process?” To answer his question, I’ve been writing a series of blog posts about how I go about my personal writing process. So far, … Continue reading

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The Writing Process Part 6: Cutting Your Darlings

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked via Twitter: “Mrs. @mbweston, what’s your writing process?” To answer his question, I’ve been writing a series of blog posts about how I go about my personal writing process. So far, … Continue reading

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