No, really, get an editor.

“Hi, I’m Cait, and I’m a writer.” “Hiiiiiiii, Cait!” “It’s been over 20 years since I started writing, and I acknowledge I need a higher power. I need an editor.” People clap. Someone hugs me. An enthusiastic word-smith gives me tips on how I could have improved my confession. I am among writers who cannot write…

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A Love Note to My Friends

Because June triggers off Pride month in many places, I’m feeling sentimental and huggy towards my friends today.  I even dedicated my spiritual blog entry, Love like Jesus in Got Grace, yet?, to my friends who identify as L, G, B, and/or T. My upcoming book, Life in the ‘Cosm, is a complete work of fantasy fiction, with…

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Incorporating Redlines, or, How I Want to Punch Myself in the Face

Nine…chapters…done…21…to…go. Did I mention that I also did some editing during my Technical Writer career? This is an advantage when it comes to reading my manuscript and looking for plot discrepancies, thin chapters, flow issues, grammar usage, unnecessary and overly-repeated words, and good ol’ spelling mistakes. My beta-reader draft is underway, but these redlines, oh, the…

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Editing really, really bad words. Really.

You cannot imagine how useful I found the article, Very and Other Useless Words to Erase Forever from writerscircle.com. The overused words that the writer of the article lists are: Very/really Suddenly Amazing/awesome That Started This taught me that I really, really have a problem with my manuscript. No, really. I swear, really. You have to realize that the first draft is going…

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