Nuts and Bolts and Squirrels

Resist, Resist, Resist!

Have you ever heard this maxim? Resist the urge to explain. I've been itching to share this phrase for months, but I couldn't figure out how. So I decided today to just dive in an see what happens! And then see how my editor skills kick in when...

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A Manuscript With Style: Part Three

  Miscellaneous Helpful Tools     This is by no means a statement of how it must be done, but a good jumping off point for you. You may find that you prefer something slightly different, or altogether different even. The main thing I...

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A Manuscript with Style: Part Two

Creating a Template Last time we tackled how to create Styles, which give manuscripts a polished, professional look. I mentioned creating a template once you have your Styles mapped out. So here we go—how to create personalized templates! Firstly,...

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A Manuscript with Style: Part One

Creating and Using Styles Hey, psst. Over here… so hey. Do you want to make your editor happy? Like, really happy? I’ve got something that’s really gonna make her day. Actually, it’s not much of a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway, and even give you...

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Doing Your Work

The other day in an online writer's group a gentleman asked, "A question for all you writers: did you spend time learning about the craft of writing before you wrote anything, or did you start writing first, and learn along the way?" After a...

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Fun with Punctuation

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she loves commas, so much so that she tends to overuse them.  To which she received comments from her geeky friends (including me) regarding which punctuation marks were their...

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Mediocrity

I went to a conference once, and one of the speakers said something I'll never forget.  His opening words were, "Dare to be Mediocre!"  (Umm...professional development...what?—we were all momentarily confused.)  It definitely caught our attention....

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