100 Best Writing Websites: 2017 Edition

Make 2017 your best writing year yet with our list of the best writing websites. Enjoy! ❤

Source: 100 Best Writing Websites: 2017 Edition

Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories – E.M. Welsh

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Do you like to write short stories? Click on the highlighted link below to find out how writing short stories makes you a better writer later on. ❤

 

Source: Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories – E.M. Welsh

How to Improve Your Writing Skills | Writing Forward

Grammar is so important in our writing. Make sure you are looking for the things in the list mentioned in this piece. Editing is what makes your novel or short story shine! Click the highlighted link below to read all about it! ❤

Better writing doesn’t happen overnight. By cultivating good habits and applying yourself to the craft, you’ll acquire the writing skills you need to succeed.

Source: How to Improve Your Writing Skills | Writing Forward

Where’s Silver?

Hi! I know, I haven’t been around much. I suppose you’re tired of not reading anything new or original from me in a while.

So, here’s what I’ve been up to.

Editing and rewriting, to be exact. The Heart Stone Chronicles have filled my days. I still can’t get over how Wendy Anne Darling’s Bookxeedo Book Covers made my swamp fairy nymph come to life!
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I must add that I’ve had help. Sugar and Spice spend countless hours with me in my creative room, lending me as much brain power as they can muster between them.

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It’s funny. I had a preconceived notion that planning a novel and writing it was the biggest part of my writing journey. Actually, that was the easy part. The creative flow of words on paper is just that – a creative faucet that spews forth thoughts and ideas.

Thank goodness for friends! You know friends like Melissa Barker-Simpson, who was willing to take on the job of alpha editing my novel so she could help me learn how to do my own editing.

Help like that is amazing. If you show someone how to edit, they learn from you – but when you teach someone how to edit, you’ve taught them for life!

I will never be able to thank her for all the time and effort she had invested in me. She even agreed to do the final edit of my novel! My heart is filled with thanks.

Now, editing… Hmmm.

I am learning that is where the real writing takes place. At first, I dreaded it. Then, I started reading and watching videos from other authors all about the fine art of editing.

Revising is editing and it is creative!

Besides that, I had no idea there was SO much to LEARN!

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There are all kinds of things to consider, like what POV (point of view) are you writing from? The Writersaurus.com shares a great article about the different types of POV.

There are many words we writers need to learn to avoid. Also things like passive voice!

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THEN… there are the inevitable plot holes…

Shesnovel.com has some great tips for finding and fixing those plot holes that creep into your writing.

Of course, I have had some help from some apps that have made my life easier. Do you know about the Hemingway Editor?

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Here is another great article from The Write Life on 25 Editing Tips For Tightening Your Copy.

And keep on editing! I’ll see you soon! ❤

Using -ing Words | The Editor’s Blog

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I wish there was a magic wand I could wave to correct my grammar as I continue editing my novel. How about you? Read this comprehensive article about editing and how to fix some of your mistakes. This is a MUST-READ! ❤ 

There’s a lot of conflicting advice that tells writers to never use words that end in -ing or to not use -ing words under certain conditions. Explore both the advice and the rationale behind it.

Source: Using -ing Words | The Editor’s Blog

Editing is my LIFE!

My life consists of reading and writing, and re-writing words in the hopes of publishing my novel by this autumn…

If you don’t see me around much, that is why. Writing is a journey…

I did find some great editing tips, and I have shared them below:

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Check out this article: FREE APPS EVERY WRITER SHOULD BE USING

HAPPY EDITING!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR EDITING HELP THAT IS AFFORDABLE?

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO THE MANUSCRIPT DOCTOR! She can help! ❤

Manuscript Dr pat zick

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» 5 Free & Cheap Editing Options for Your Manuscript

Some free editing options listed here… Jo Robinson at https://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/indie-author-services/ also does editing. P. C. Zick at https://pczick.com/editing-services/ is another author friend who does editing. ❤

Source: » 5 Free & Cheap Editing Options for Your Manuscript

The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won’t Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!) – ProWritingAid

I feel joy! There is hope for me! Great information about how many drafts your novel needs! ❤

The way I draft is an extension of the way I approach novel planning as a whole – which is to start with a simple concept and then add more and more detail until I have a fairly comprehensive outline.With drafting that means starting with a rough outline and slowly fleshing it out and adding detail, tweaking, and weaving until it is finished, polished prose. I try to approach each draft with different priorities in mind so I can focus on tackling particular elements of story-telling at each stage while setting aside other aspects for later so I don’t get bogged down trying to do too much at once.In this article, I give details about the objective I assign to each draft, how I prepare for that draft (i.e. what I do in advance) and then the technique I use when actually writing it. I’ve also added a very rough guide to projected timescales and a bullet point summary of each stage.

Source: The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won’t Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!) – ProWritingAid

This is the Hardest Part of Self-Publishing Your Book

As I am writing the final chapters of my first draft of my novel, I realize that I am only a third of the way there in my publishing journey… This is a great read! ❤

Think self-publishing is a breeze? Here’s the reality check you need.

Source: This is the Hardest Part of Self-Publishing Your Book