Advice to Writers

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I’ve been asked a few times to add this page.  So here it is.  It’s not pretty yet, but when I get a chance I’ll spruce it up and make it fun.

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Check this out!


I made an appearance on the Writers2Writers television show! Here is a link to hear me talk about ten things to do when you’re revising your manuscript.

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Here we go! Below is a list of some of the links people have found the most helpful on this site.

If you are writing, I highly recommend going through every Gold Mine Manuscript lesson, even if you don’t think you need it.  I still go back to them to reference.

If you are editing, the “32 Rules for writing” are an awesome list of points to think over, as well as Get Your Manuscript Past the Gatekeeper.

Awww… they are all good. I hope you get as much out of reading these as I had pulling them together.


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Get Your Manuscript Past The Gatekeeper!-This series is written by a slush pile reader. She shows you the errors she saw in actual submissions, and gives tips on how to not make the same mistakes!

Gentle Tell is NOT okay in your submitted manuscript! – A one paragraph slapping I received from an editor. (Show Verses Tell training)

Gold Mine Manuscript – Analysis of a manuscript red-lined by a publisher

32 Rules to Writing a Great Novel – I pick apart a list and delve into the meaning of the basic “Rules” all writers are supposed to follow.

Give that Publisher What they Want, Dernit! – Preparing to submit your manuscript to a publisher

Why doesn’t this chapter work? The rules of writing a scene.

How to make readers care about your characters. Five easy recipes for success!

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More to come as requested.



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