6 Commonly Confused Homophones

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get your proofreaders and editor on your case with a vengeance, it’s falling prey to homophone confusion. Homophones are words that sound alike when you’re speaking out loud but have different spellings and completely different definitions. It might seem, to some, like a small thing – but using [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Editing, The Craft of Writing|19 Comments

On the Nose: Editing for Natural (But Refined) Dialogue

When you sit down for each editing pass on your manuscript’s first draft, you’re going to be working your way through a series of elements (if you’re taking our advice, that is). And one of the elements that demand the utmost scrutiny and determination in editing is dialogue. In this article, we’ll be approaching dialogue [...]

By | January 8th, 2018|Editing|4 Comments

5 Steps to Prep for Productive Editing

It’s easy to find plenty of talk about ways to maintain productivity when you’re writing... but what about when you’re editing? After all, it could be argued that the editing phase is when you need to be most focused – when you have to push your scrutiny levels to their limit, yet maintain composure as [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|Editing|4 Comments

Practical Tips for Editing Your First Draft

When you finally reach the end of your novel’s first draft, one huge weight is lifted from your shoulders – only to be replaced with another. Because as uplifting as it is to lay down those final few words in a manuscript, doing so also means that the editing phase is waiting just around the [...]

By | December 6th, 2017|Editing|13 Comments

Lean and Mean: Extreme Line Editing!

An interesting discussion (we think) for today: Tumblr user “madlori” has some line editing advice you might not like. Firstly, before we dive into that, it’s important we clarify the difference between line editing and any other form of manuscript editing... Line editing comes near the end of the writing process, before the copy editor [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|Editing|0 Comments

Readability Scales: Do They Matter and Which Do You Trust?

Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning Fog, reading ease, grade level... if all this sounds like gibberish to you, you’re not alone. Some, however, you’ll probably recognise as terms which describe the level of your writing’s readability. The question is: How important is it to understand your readability score, and what does it mean for your story? Before we [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|Editing, The Craft of Writing|9 Comments