it’s all in the writing


1.Form is important. Keep the story clear and simple.

2.Language – precise and consise. Use the correct word. Mark Twain said, “The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning-bug.” 

3.Feedback helps – Find an impartial critiquer:  not your students, children, grandchildren, or spouses. Develop a thick skin. Take the time to consider all criticisms and recommendations. Listen to your story being read aloud. Seek out critique groups and/or manuscript exchanges.

4.Editing is everything. Become skilled at self-editing. Let your story “season” before you send it out (put it in a drawer for at least three weeks). Don’t send out something that is less than the best you can make it. (See my self-editing cheatsheet.)

For more tips, click on the titles below:

Some Basic Advice

Five Common Errors

Tips for Traditional Publishing

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