Greetings, SE’ers! Beem Weeks here with you again. Today, I'd like to talk about rewrites and second drafts. Some writers have all the skills needed to nail their story on the first run. Others may require a second draft—or even a third. I’m a firm believer in the second draft. This doesn’t necessarily mean a … Continue reading Rewrites and Second Drafts: A Necessary Evil.
Ciao, SEers. Today is part eleven of the series, and we’re continuing with self-editing. We’ve reached the mid-level revision. By now, you should have corrected the biggest issues in your manuscript. It’s time to read it again and look for problems with execution. Is your dialogue sharp? Are the words you chose appropriate for the … Continue reading Story Development and Execution Part 11: Mid-Level Self-Editing
Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you on this September morning. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re only three days away from the beginning of autumn—my favorite time of year. I love the cooler temperatures, the changing leaves, migrating birds, and fall fairs and festivals. While the stores are already putting out Christmas decorations, and at … Continue reading Ambiance and Writing
Good Morning, SEers. John is with you today, and I wish you a happy Friday. As you can see by the headline, today’s post is about that ending. You know the one I mean. The one that treats a reader like they are being shoved off the back of a flatbed truck on a … Continue reading Why Do Some Authors Insist on Writing a Lousy Ending?
The first Monday in September is Labor Day in the US, a day to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of those people in our past who strove to make our country and the world a safer and more just place to work. We also honor those who continue to show up every day … Continue reading A Labor of Love