Scholarship for Editing Services

Something really cool happened today. Most of you know I work as a freelance editor as well as an author, a book coach, a biologist, and several other things my mother shouldn’t know about. (Just kidding, Mom, I swear. I have no idea why my bathtub is full of pythons. Maybe it’s a coincidence?) One of my incredible editing clients was happy with an edit I did for her, and she chose to fund a scholarship so another writer who needed help with their manuscript could get it, whether or not it was something they could afford. I think that’s the kindest thing I’ve ever heard. The writing world is hard, and we need to stick together and help each other out. The scholarship covers a first 50 pages assessment of your manuscript. You can read more about it, and...
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Should You Quit Writing?

I said I wouldn’t write this blog. PitchWars results are announced today, so a lot of people are writing encouraging blogs, and I bet they’re better at it than me. I excel at encouraging authors I know, because I won’t lie and they know this. Lying about writing serves no one. When I try to encourage people as a group, I can hear them in my head saying, “Listen, Lady, you haven’t read my book. So shaddup.” Plus, I always feel like I should have clouds and a soaring eagle in the background. This was *my* encouraging speech:   A preview of this outcome:   Unfortunately, then I wrote a few encouraging emails to individuals I DO know, and I realized I have something to say. Two somethings: one about my husband’s grandma. One about a terrible book. Once upon...
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Writing Sex and Violence: What your action scenes can teach to your “getting action” scenes

I had to write this post after a certain PitchWars mentor said that he was good at editing fight scenes, but would not edit a scene with sexy times. I stopped at that point to indulge in a little evil laugh, because I happen to know you use exactly the same techniques to write battles as orgies, and you run into some of the same barriers. So let’s look at what tips your suspense scenes can lend to your more intimate moments. ***XXX warning for adult content. Duh.*** Choreography- The Goldilocks method Everybody knows for a proper fight scene, you have to balance clarity with brevity. Pacing is the golden rule, because if you have a fight or a f*ck without urgency, it’s going to be laaaaaaame. So, if you can’t describe the positioning in a sentence, simplify it until...
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