The Summer Heat Descends – A Haiku

It's the time of the week I love! The RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #103 Summer&Fun! This week the words are summer and fun. Early summer in Colorado has been spectacular. The days are warm, and the nights are cool. We have only used our air conditioner once so far. I love these nights with … Continue reading The Summer Heat Descends – A Haiku

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writers Challenge – “Faith”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It's that time again! Time to join in the "Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge," co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading! Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so we can retweet you and spread the inspiration. Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging … Continue reading #WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writers Challenge – “Faith”

Everything You Need To Know BEFORE You Start To Edit

I had to share this post also which describes the difference between revising and editing! Fabulous discussion!

Sacha Black

Before EditingI finished the first draft of my novel in August last year. I was B.U.Z.Z.I.N.G I’d finally done what I said I’d do – write a book… Ok, I finished a draft.

I listened to the advice you gave on what I should do next, which was… Nothing – Lock the manuscript in a dark cupboard and throw away the key for months. I did. Sort of. I may have peaked at the first few chapters.

That was a mistake.

It was of course, total shit. More than shit, I wouldn’t have wiped my butt cheeks with it. Seriously. I may have cried, ok, I didn’t cry. But I did shed some tears on the inside. All those months of sweat and tapping, for what? A massive steaming pile of turd. A twitch formed on my eyelid as a heady mix of panic and fear set in. How was I ever…

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The Best Editing Trick I Ever Learnt

Sacha Black has some excellent tips on how to edit your own manuscript. See if this works for you! 💜

Sacha Black

Editing TrickEditing is a bitch. I’ve written about the differences betweenediting and revisingbefore. But my dear friend Alirecently taught me one of the best, most practically useful lessons I’ve ever learnt when it comes to editing.

See, for a long time, I wrote, linearly, and then when I finished, I went back to the start and edited.

That’s good. But no matter how many times I did it, I still found a shit-tillion mistakes. Which resulted in a sort of crazed, goggle eyed, fuzzy haired – I’m going to commit arson on my manuscript – type look. It wasn’t pretty, my hairs curly enough thanks.

So, I listened to Ali and started tweaking the method to suit me. I’m going to share this editing trick with you, and hopefully it will help you to clean up your scripts too.

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A New Addition to the Family

Good Tuesday morning! I wanted to share the new addition to our family – an Ohio Buckeye tree! This tree will replace the oak tree the builder planted in front of our house last summer. Unfortunately, the tree did not survive the winter. The main truck was damaged. We knew it had to be replaced. … Continue reading A New Addition to the Family

27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes

I had to share this post. Please check the dates. Some of the contests are quarterly... Good luck! ❤ Don’t be taken in by scammy contests: there are legitimate competitions for your prose and poetry. Here are some free writing contests to get started. Source: 27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes

Silver’s Word of the Week – Vexillology

Welcome to Silver's Word of the Week where I try to find strange and unusual words to ignite our vocabulary to new levels! Are you ready to learn a new word? This week our word is VEXILLOLOGY and is courtesy of Dictionary.com Since the news the last couple of weeks has been so dismal, I thought … Continue reading Silver’s Word of the Week – Vexillology