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Ruthless Editing for Nice People

Congratulations! You’ve finished your latest masterpiece. The final words are locked in, your story arc is complete, and page after page of tension and excitement stand ready to march you through to the bestseller list in no time. But, okay, hold on a moment... you didn’t think it would be that easy, did you? Because [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|The Craft of Writing|8 Comments

What on Earth is Purple Prose?

As a writer, you’ve likely come across the term ‘purple prose’ on more than one occasion – usually delivered with a sneer or some inflection that marks the phrase as an unmistakeable pejorative. But if you’re something of a novice in the world of writing and publishing, you might be asking yourself each time: just [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|6 Comments

Tension Techniques: Annihilation of Authority

Dramatic tension and suspense are cornerstones of gripping storytelling, but they can take many forms, and there is a wealth of ways through which you can infuse them in into your novel. But even when you have a wide range of tools to generate tension and suspense, it can be difficult to decide which technique [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|4 Comments

5 Idioms with Unexpected Origins

Clichés may be an undesirable ingredient for your prose (in fact, AutoCrit even has a report dedicated to that specific curse), but there’s no denying that, used sparingly, idioms can make for a fun way to color characters. Every language and culture on Earth has its own set of idioms. Some are shared across entire [...]

By | January 10th, 2018|Humor, The Craft of Writing|3 Comments

[VIDEO] Editing Short Stories for Publication

You know we love to inject a little video content into the AutoCrit blog from time to time, and so today we're taking a break to bring you a little help on a topic that's often overlooked -- especially when you're searching for advice on self-editing. That topic is short stories, and if -- for [...]

By | December 4th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|0 Comments

[VIDEO] Story Endings: 10 Tips to Help You, by Mark Crilley

Writer and illustrator Mark Crilley offers up a wealth of artistic insight over on his YouTube channel, and we've had the pleasure of sharing some of it in the past. Today, we present to you Mark's top tips on endings. Endings can always be a challenge, but each of these suggestions should be helpful independent [...]

By | November 22nd, 2017|The Craft of Writing|2 Comments