Make your writing come alive. Dump most of the modifiers. Here’s a post to tell you why and how.
From an editor, here’s a well-thought-out post on the pros and cons of prologues from a contemporary point of view. It starts with the pros. which, if you have used one, you already know. Keep reading. You may need yours, but you do need to know why they are less common in contemporary fiction than in works written 30, 40, 0r 50 years ago.
Take useless words out of your manuscript and spark your prose quickly!
Improve your writing style with the Find tool in your word processing program. Set it to look for each of these words. Examine the sentences and eliminate any extra baggage. The difference will amaze you.
I have written poetry since I was a child, but I know that many authors have never explored the medium. It offers important lessons for any writer. Besides, it’s fun.
Voice is crucial in novels, but many people don’t realize that it is just as important in picture books. Here is a great introduction to voice. The rest of the blog is great too.
There’s editing magic hidden in your word processing program. It’s find and replace.
Click on the link to find out how it can jump-start your revision process.
For picture book writers and illustrators, here’s a great post about one artist’s quest to find her personal style. It includes some ideas that worked for her, and some may work for you too.
We have all heard the adage “show don’t tell.” In this fantastic post, Briar DeHaven explains what that means.