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Post by lauraperkins on Feb 25, 2019 18:23:21 GMT -5
Hi all. I’m Laura Perkins, a freelance editor, workshop presenter, and author (under the name Mercy Hollow) specializing in fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi, horror, young adult, middle grade, and other speculative fiction. You can find me at www.lauraperkinsediting.com or www.mercyhollow.com.
Filter words (those that filter the story through the character’s POV) and unnecessary words are molasses on the flow of your story. Passive voice distances the reader from your characters. Tight and close writing pulls the reader in and propels them through the character’s journey. Editors, agents, and publishers look for tight writing. If you can say something in 5 words instead of 10, 5 is almost always better. Tight writing helps move the story forward effecting clarity, pace, and tone. Embrace the red pen and love cutting the split ends off your stories.
The attached PDF included words and phrases to look for in your writing that can often be trimmed, as well as a tightening activity. You can do searches on these, go through, and cut where possible. When I’m doing a later edit on a story, I print out the list, go through section by section, and cross off the word, phase, or section after I do a search and destroy. My writing has gotten tighter and tighter and now I love it when my editor crosses out words. It’s like spring cleaning for my books.
Admin Kbatz: That is why we need the Spooky Writers Planner
Feb 24, 2021 21:48:19 GMT -5
Emz: I don't watch the news. lmao. Loren had to tell me about it. I was like... this is why I don't watch the news. I get to worried about things.
Feb 24, 2021 21:50:36 GMT -5
Admin Kbatz: Michael will you be submitting more to Horror Addicts?
Feb 24, 2021 21:51:31 GMT -5
Admin Kbatz: I drive Emz up the wall, she needs fresh blood!
Feb 24, 2021 21:51:47 GMT -5
michaelf: I'll submit more if I see the right call. Gothic Romance is not really my personal style. Historical themes in a more general sense are very much up my alley, though.
Feb 24, 2021 21:52:45 GMT -5
Admin Kbatz: the conditions were never right for me to make a skating pond though again this year. <shakes fist>
Feb 24, 2021 21:53:11 GMT -5
Admin Kbatz: So you only write fiction?
Feb 24, 2021 21:53:36 GMT -5
Emz: Michael, this years is a non-fiction thing. We'd love to have you, but the call is non-pay because we are trying to raise money for the next book. Maybe your piece about music. I heard about it, I haven't read it yet. Nox said it was great.
Feb 24, 2021 21:54:33 GMT -5
michaelf: Me? I am currently focusing on fiction. I have also written short nonfiction articles, which are available on my own website. That was from a time when I wrote for a site called Helium.
Feb 24, 2021 21:54:40 GMT -5
michaelf: Thanks, Emz! That was a fun post to write.
Feb 24, 2021 21:55:22 GMT -5
Emz: I haven't started collecting the articles yet. It's on my list... we usually don't announce the anthology till April and I'm not sure we'll put a call out. We may just pull from inhouse and other bloggers we've pulled already.
Feb 24, 2021 21:56:30 GMT -5
michaelf: If you're interested in "What's Your Jam" for the anthology, I'd be happy to see it included.
Feb 24, 2021 21:57:30 GMT -5
michaelf: There were. It was good for me for the time. And maybe it was good for me that it closed, because I focused more on fiction after that.
Feb 24, 2021 21:58:16 GMT -5
michaelf: It's been fun! Glad to see you all.
Feb 24, 2021 21:58:50 GMT -5
Admin Kbatz: Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to the feedback from this year's changes.
Feb 24, 2021 21:59:08 GMT -5
Emz: Thanks for coming Michael! Naching and Kbatz, see you around the office. hahaha
Feb 24, 2021 21:59:18 GMT -5
nkassa: I have to go too! Kids have school tomorrow. Have a good night! So happy to be here! :)By Kbatz, Emz, Michael, and viewers!
Feb 24, 2021 21:59:41 GMT -5
michaelf: Good night, all!
Feb 24, 2021 21:59:48 GMT -5
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Feb 24, 2021 21:59:52 GMT -5
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