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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

[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

Ask the Author: An Interview with John Hansen

Author and AutoCrit user John Hansen is a man with many stories to tell. A Vietnam veteran who subsequently went on to serve more than two decades with the police before becoming a private investigator, John has been relaying his experiences through the fiction-based lens of his series The Bluesuit Chronicles. Given the recent release [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Ask the Author|14 Comments

5 NaNoWriMo Novels That Were a Commercial Success

Everyone dreams of sailing through NaNoWriMo, completing the 50,000th word with a flourish at 11:58 on November 30th, then spending a leisurely December polishing their manuscript into a budding bestseller for the New Year. The harsh truth is that for most of us, this may not become a reality – but that doesn’t mean it’s [...]

By | November 27th, 2017|Self Publishing, Traditional Publishing, Writer's Life|0 Comments

Weekly Writing Roundup – November 24

Wow... that was fast. It’s officially the final roundup of NaNoWriMo! In these last days, you might be approaching the climax and ending of your novel... so it's the ideal time to dive into those with our top picks this week. Sprint to the finish line with help from: Dean Elphick at Writer’s Edit, with [...]

By | November 24th, 2017|Weekly Writing Roundup|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