Posts Tagged ‘romance line editing’

the-write-time“If you want to be a writer, the sole requirement is that you write.”

On the surface, we all know this to be true. In reality, however? It’s not as easy to actually write. Life gets in the way. We run out of time. We get distracted. We put off writing till everything else is done, then realize our energy is also “done.”

Sound familiar?

Robbie Blair thinks so too. His article, The Write Time: 6 Strategies To Make Your Writing Schedule Sacred, features some great ideas for doing the one thing that makes you a writer. Which strategy might work for you?

Yes. This.

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– Lea

7335643838_40c3d8841a_zChuck Wendig, author of the writing blog terribleminds, is the snarkiest blogger I know, but he also has some profound things to say about this business we all share a love-hate relationship with. Recently he blogged about how to sharpen your writing instincts. One of the things that struck me most was this little tidbit, an explanation of what “writing instinct” is:

You see the author operating at a high level and you wonder: why am I not doing that?

The reality is:

You’re only seeing the island, not the heap of volcanic material that pushed it out of the sea.

Put differently?

A house needs a strong foundation.

And the foundation of that house hides forever in the darkness of the dirt.

You’re not seeing all the time it took to craft the instinct necessary to do this thing.

Instinct is valuable because it’ll tell you which way to jump. It’ll give you the sense in the middle of a story that something is off, it’ll tell you if your character will have broken her contract with the reader, it’ll tickle the back of your mind and say that the plot is untenable or this description is too much or hey what’s the deal with you writing all these stories about orangutans that’s really weird, man. Instinct can even help you on the business side of writing, too.

Check out Chuck’s post in its entirety here: Polling Your Intestinal Flora: How a Writer Cultivates Instinct. It’ll make you laugh AND think.

– Lea

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We all know it’s the truth, those long hours spent at the computer thinking, “This story is crap! I’ll never get it published! I might as well dump it now.” And then something happens and that story you hated becomes the story you love.

That “something” happening is called editing. So here’s a little funny to make your editing this week a bit less arduous…

– Lea

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lea schafer, freelance romance editingIf you’ve been around the romance world for very long, names like Bella Andre and Courtney Milan shouldn’t be unfamiliar. They are the stars of self-publishing, and they are in rapidly growing company. Romance is the number-one selling genre in self-publishing, and indie romance authors are, more and more, making a living off their work as they publish book after book under their own steam. This article hits a lot of buzz with its “making millions” headline, as well as spreading a bit of untruth (Andre states plainly in the article that she was released from her contract; she didn’t leave), but the true fascination here — and what should catch romance authors’ attention — is the work these women put into self-publishing their stories. It’s definitely worth a read.

These Romance Writers Ditched Their Publishers for Ebooks — And Made Millions

enhanced-buzz-8821-1379622691-8Castle. He’s the epitome of everything we hate (the in-no-way-reality glamorized version) and love (the wacky creative mind) about writing. He’s us but…also Nathan Fillion. Whether you love sci-fi or romance, he’s next to Godliness, right?

So what could be better than Castle/Nathan helping us out with some helpful grammar tips? This post on Buzzfeed, 7 Helpful Grammar Tips From Richard Castle, does just that. Let’s see how many you “get.” 😉

– Lea

528253e1dc3ee590a8b1dbdd33719095If you haven’t connected with Kristen Lamb’s blog yet, go over there right now! She is a major source of information, not just on writing techniques, but on social media for writers (her specialty) and on how to effectively live this crazy writing life we all struggle with. Here’s a recent article she wrote on “to prologue or not to prologue.”

The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues

Don’t be fooled by the title; she gives you seven reason to forgo that prologue, but also two reasons to include one. Basically, if you’re just including a prologue to info dump, nix it. But if your prologue contains information or events critical to the story that would be less effective if shared another way, you might want to keep it. Check out what Kristen has to say. Do you agree or disagree?

– Lea

I picked this up on Facebook the other day. What,  do, you, think? 😀

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