Editor's Blog
December 2008


Dec 30, 2008, Editing Time Line

Audrey Owen, editor for Writer's Helper, answers the question,

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Dec 29, 2008, Stop thinking and start doing!

One of the easiest ways to fail in writing is by thinking too much. Just start writing your draft as sketchy as you like and don't stop until you

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Dec 29, 2008, Think about Writing All the Time

In math class, I draw my characters on notebook paper. While I'm walking the dog, I work out a dialogue. ALWAYS be writing--even if it's not on paper.

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Dec 29, 2008, Outline Your Writing

OUTLINE! OUTLINE OUTLINE!! outlining helps a ton! I have found it helps write quicker, and you know where you're headed.

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Dec 28, 2008, Make Characters More Realistic

Brainstorm all the qualities, weaknesses, quirks and relationships your character has. This will help you to create a more convincing persona. For

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Dec 28, 2008, Baby Boomers Write

Baby boomers are in a unique postion as writers. Consider how boomers link past, present and future through writing.

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Dec 27, 2008, I am a young aspiring novelist and I am a bit scared...

Hello. My name is Nathan Zhang. I write for a blog, and I am a young aspiring novelist, which is what I have been since eight. I want to write a novel

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Dec 27, 2008, Recipe for a Perfect Villian

1.Give him/her a reason for being the bad guy (Ex. family feud, bad childhood experience, bad luck, being cared for/ taught by a bad guy) 2.Make

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Dec 24, 2008, Book Review Passion Saving

A book review for a self-published financial guide, Passion Saving. Reviewed by Audrey Owen, editor for self-publishing writers.

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Dec 21, 2008, The Perfect Fantasy Protagonist

STEPS: 1.Start with the hero in a happy little world, but something is not quite right. 2.Add a dash of something happened to my parents. 3.Give the

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Dec 19, 2008, Full Time Writer

A full time writer, Paul Blakey, offers support to other writer/publishers through his Self Publishers Club

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Dec 18, 2008, Write what you dream

Ever have a dream that you remember in the morning? Write it down! Keep a Dream Journal, you never know if it will inspire you to write or help your

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Dec 17, 2008, Giving John a Smacker on the Lips

Always think about what you are going to

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Dec 17, 2008, start with a sentence

Think of a few good sentences to include in whatever it is you are writing. What phrases repeat themselves in your mind? What word(s) have you always

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Dec 16, 2008, K.I.S Keep It Simple

You need to keep your readers involved. If a reader is getting bored of the same topic over and over again s/he might stop

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Dec 16, 2008, Adventuring Within the Pages

The best thing you could ever do is to go into the book itself. To go into the world that you/will create(d) and meet your characters. Don't just

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Dec 12, 2008, The Art's in the Telling: Good Pap Sells

Don't let the ghosts of authors past get in your way. Some of the most successful popular writing is trite and formulaic, yet fun to read (and sells

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Dec 12, 2008, Writers read and readers write

Writers read and Readers write. This is entirely true, because as I read a new book, I uncover new ideas for some of my future stories. Another

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Dec 11, 2008, Book Marketing and the Book Proposal Doctor

A writer shares his experience using a book proposal doctor.

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Dec 10, 2008, Move Your Reader with Moving Writing

Let every sentence make the reader think. If it doesn't it should be rephrased or discarded. Writing should be entertaining. Every last sentence needs

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Dec 8, 2008, Writer's Exercise

Writers need physical exercise. Let me share my personal experience with you.

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Dec 6, 2008, Ghostwriters

An editor outlines what ghostwriters do and who uses ghostwriting services.

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Dec 4, 2008, Writer's Style Guide

Use the writer's style guide and the find feature on your word processor to help proofread your own work. This page explains the most common errors Writer's Helper editor, Audrey, found while editing.

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Dec 3, 2008, Free Writing Courses

Audrey Owen, editor at Writer's Helper, offers free writing courses from her site. Learn how to write correctly, and powerfully. One specific course on writing for the Web.

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Dec 1, 2008, Book Reviews

Book reviews: Reviews of books by self publishing authors. Includes links to services self publishers need: printers, illustrators, editors.

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