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Working With Editors: Eliminate Forms of “To Be” & “Had”

I’m currently working on the corrections my horror/thriller short story, “Blue Lights,” which will appear in an anthology edited by John Hartness. I figured I would write a few posts about some of the things I’m working on during the editing … Continue reading

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Working with Editors: Send in Your Best Work

About a year ago, I submitted a short story for a yet-to-be-titled anthology edited by one of my friends, author John Hartness. Hartness co-edited The Big Bad 2, which featured my story “The Witch Hunter“, so we have collaborated before. … Continue reading

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M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 03/16/15

I’ve been trying to do more of my edits without actually printing the page out and writing on it. Part of me thinks this most save time because I’m not writing down the changes and then typing be them into … Continue reading

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M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 03/15/15

“What is the purpose of this scene?” That is the most important question an author can ask while editing. Why is the scene there? Does it add any value to the work as a whole?  Rambling and getting too involved … Continue reading

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M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 02/06/15

Yesterday: I got to edit! Oh, how I love editing. Every rough draft is just that: rough. Reading the first draft will totally do a number on a writer’s self image because all rough drafts are horrific. It’s the 2nd … Continue reading

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The New Prologue After Previous Edits

If you have been following my blog this week, I have been showing a few examples of my editing process using the prologue to a paranormal thriller I’m working on (currently called Unleashed). On Monday, I posted the working prologue … Continue reading

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Writing & Editing: Find & Correct Common Grammar Mistakes

No matter how often we try to avoid it, we all make a few subtle grammatical errors when we write. Some of them occur when we type the wrong word. Others are born from listening to incorrect grammar on TV … Continue reading

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Writing & Editing: Find & Eliminate Cheesy Cliches

Eliminating cheesy cliches is easier said than done. We writers are busy as bees trying to write our stories, and words cannot express how easy it is to close up shop at the end of the day and ignore the … Continue reading

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Writing & Editing: Find & Eliminate Undescriptive, Empty Words

Word are a writer’s currency, and we must use them judiciously. Words that serve no real purpose except to fill space because they sound good are a waste of our word count and our readers’ time. Remember that the reader … Continue reading

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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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