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The 7 Types of Editing Your Book Needs

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Stories come in every shape and size, and as an author, you bring your own expertise and experience to your tale. So when it comes to editing, you might not need the same sort of help as someone else.

You might excel at catching grammar problems but struggle with writing the blurb, the back-of-the-book description. You might be great at big-picture analysis but have no idea what to call your finished story.

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Why Everybody Needs a Book Club

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First off, I love book clubs! I really love my own book club but also I’m such a fan the concept. Getting together with friends to chew over a book is such a therapeutic experience (wine optional)! Particularly if the group consensus is one of either extreme admiration or condemnation!

As the act of reading is such a solitary experience, participating in your book club adds an interactive aspect. It can also focus your reading/study of the book if you know you’ll be discussing it afterwards. I find that you tend to look deeper for interpretation, thematic nuance etc than if you picked up the book purely at your own leisure. Personally, what I enjoy the most about my own book club is getting everybody else’s opinion on character; traits, motivation, morality etc. Last week we veered into questioning ‘If Henry Pulling was your friend, why would you like hanging out…

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Writing Emotional Scenes

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I watched The Hunger Games last night. I read the book before the movie came out, and I’ve seen the movie a few times. So I obviously knew what would happen. Still, a certain scene got me.

By that, I mean it made me weepy.

I’m not usually a weepy individual, so the moment surprised me. I think the root of it was I forgot this particular scene was in the movie (I don’t think it was in the book). I’d also had a couple glasses of wine. Bad memory + alcohol = the feels (that’s not one of the tips, but maybe write it down anyway).

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Review: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 5/5

Blurb:Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him …

I can’t believe I got to my twenty ninth year without reading Of Mice and Men! Of course, I had heard of it, but something kept me from reading it until one fateful day in the library. I was perusing the classics section and thought, ‘why not?’ After…

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Writing With Heart: Creating an Emotionally Engaging Character

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Someone recently asked me about writing with emotion.  This is really about creating the emotionally engaging character because if you don’t write emotion into your character, the reader won’t connect with that character on an emotional level.  It’s hard to explain the difference between a great story and an emotionally satisfying story because the distinction is subtle.

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