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Sentence-Level Mishaps Can Have Story-Level Consequences

(My new superpower revealed.)

Have you ever wondered about that mysterious part of a writing journey between story development and fixing your grammar? A magical place exists called line editing or substantive editing, in which an editor goes through your writing line by line to make your writing stronger, clearer, more elegant, with flow and rhythm and shine.

On Writing Romance: 8 Steps to Writing a Great Sex Scene

I have two reactions to writing sex scenes. So much fun, oo-la-la! And—Ugh, intimacy. I mean, I enjoy reading these moments in novels. But writing them makes me squirm sometimes. Also, it's really overwhelming to think THIS BETTER BE GOOD OR READERS WILL HATE EVERYTHING. It's so much pressure. But it doesn't have to be.