#Editing??? I Don’t Need No Stinking Editing


Gotta love the double negatives in the title.  Especially in reference to the header image. 🙂

I for one, need editing. Without it how good could a work be? Unless, we’re like the guy from the Limitless movie, writers need editing and editors.

Grammatical errors, plot holes, and the like can turn off a reader. It’s like getting your mouth set for the popsicle in the freezer only to find your spouse ate it already. I don’t know of anyone who gets excited about reading something full of errors or a plot that’s confusing or has gaps.

The Writer’s Digest has some great advice on editing. Things like taking a break between the first and second draft to refresh, asking the right questions after a read-through, and enlisting the help of beta readers or editors can make the difference between a good story and a great book.

Check out the link above for more insight.


Write-a-Thin – The Narratives by Champions


Late last year, I became a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). I wanted a more centralized place to learn about the craft and industry as well as commune with fellow writers of the genre. So far the experience has been wonderful and very beneficial. In fact, the WFWA has a program called Write-a-Thin (WAT) taking place in February. I will be participating.

What is WAT you may ask? It’s a month-long, goal-oriented, support-for members-by-members project similar to NaNoWriMo. Continue reading “Write-a-Thin – The Narratives by Champions”

4 Delightful Editing Tips to Make Your Words Dazzle and Dance

Wonderful tips!  Nice way of using dance terms to describe how words should flow.

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how to create excellence through editing

Do you ever read back a draft of your writing and wonder what happened?

Red-cheeked, you thought your draft was complete. You felt excited. Brimming with enthusiasm. You knew it … this was going to be superb. Probably your best-ever blog post. Yay!

You poured yourself a beer, feeling elated with your success.

Any minor editing and proofreading could wait until the next day.

But, the next day … you feel disappointed. Your writing sounds bland. Your sentences seem to stutter.

What can you do?

How can you create a smooth and enjoyable reading experience? How can you make your content dazzle and dance?

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Typos and Errors in Indie-Published Manuscripts

Typos and errors can happen to the best of us. It’s understandable. The problem I have is when there are so many errors and typos that it’s hard to read. I’ve put down a couple of books for this very reason.

Nina Soden

I originally published this article as a guest author at http://timothy-oullette.blogspot.com/ and http://www.timouellette.com on August 8, 2014, but I felt that the information was important enough that I wanted it in my blog feed as well. I hope you enjoy my take on Typos and Errors in Indie-Published Manuscripts. You can let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.


Are typos in a book a big deal?

Of course they are – to some extent! Typos happen. Typos happen in books that are self-published and traditionally published. Typos happen to new authors and seasoned authors. Typos happen in eBooks and print books. It doesn’t matter how many people you have edit, proof read, re-read, etc. there is always a chance a typo (or two – or three – or four) is going to slip through. Does that mean the world is over, the author should never write again, or that the…

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