Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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The Truth Will Set You Free From the Bondage of Bad Writing

Note: Paraphrased from the Bible…not really. My mother and I recently had a discussion about the need for editing in fiction (especially fiction released by authors not traditionally published). Coupled with this conversation, I’ve learned from other businesses (and this isn’t new) that many independent authors aren’t keen to seek out the services of editors. Why? […]

http://kvictoriachase.com/2016/01/22/the-truth-will-set-you-free-from-the-bondage-of-bad-writing/


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How Important is a Writing MFA? Learn the Pros and Cons

Novelist Carla Norton explains the upsides and downsides to seeking an MFA in creative writing to help you on your career as an author.

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A Curated List of Creative Writing Competitions in 2016

A list of international and local creative writing competitions planned for 2016. Opportunities for experienced and aspiring writers to get published.

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“Self-Editing” = Bullshit

Let me state this in no uncertain terms: There is no such thing as “self-editing.” Ever since I decided to forsake my principles and join Twitter, I’ve read a disturbing amount of “advice” for “self-editing.” My advice? If you honestly think you can “self-edit,” stop writing. Now. Allow me to elucidate. I recently read an […]

http://johngaiserich.com/2015/12/30/self-editing-bullshit/


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The Importance of Imagery

One of the most important styles within literature is to tell and show a story in a creative way. This is called imagery. Imagery is a technique that applies to all of the senses within the human body to describe something realistic: I.e. SIGHT – “It was dark and dim in the forest” TOUCH – […]

https://bellesavage.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/the-importance-of-imagery/


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Five Grammar Rules Every Self-Published Writer Needs To Know

by Gary Smailes As an editor, I’ve edited hundreds of books. One thing that you quickly notice is that there are certain mistakes that you see repeated time and again. This article contains the five most common grammar and punctuation mistakes I come across on a daily basis. My hope is that by sharing […]

http://ryanlanz.com/2015/12/24/five-grammar-rules-every-self-published-writer-needs-to-know/


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6 Tips for Editing Your First Draft

Before you send off your baby…er…manuscript to your editor or beta readers, it’s important to get it in tip-top shape. No beta reader or editor wants to slog through careless typos and errors that could have easily been fixed by the author. I know what you’re thinking… but Allison! Isn’t that what editors and beta readers are […]

https://allisonwilliford.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/6-tips-for-editing-your-first-draft/