writing editing

Developmental Editing: When Your Author Doesn't Finish Her Project

I am rewarded over and over again with the authors who work with me. Their writing amazes me. We do amazing things. I know other words besides amazing

But sometimes, you can give a writer all the tools in the world—and they will never finish their novel.

Writer and Editor: A Dance of Two Minds

A developmental editor might seem as mysterious as a witch mixing ominous potions into a cauldron while you're strapped to a slab of wood, watching with hope or horror. All you have to do is drink this fresh, sparkling concoction, and a) your writing troubles will be over, or b) your book will be destroyed.

On Writing: How to Craft Emotion that Unfolds Incrementally (And Hits You in the Gut)

I came across a blog post the other day that discussed how to write emotion—a subject not new to us—but explained in a new way. I don't like to regurgitate information if someone blogged it better. So I had to share.

On Writing: DNF (Did Not Finish) is Better Than a Disappointing Ending

One of the lessons I’ve learned over the years in blogging is not to write about a subject if someone already wrote it better. It’s like that time I re-told a joke, except I fudged the ending and didn’t do it justice at all. (And for the first time, you hear what polite laughter sounds like.)

So, I’m pulling your attention to a lovely blog post, where Jenny Cruise talked about story beginnings and endings in a linear structured plot.

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.