Author Self-Insert Fiction – It’s Bad and You Should Stop

2/4/2019

If there is anything I hate, HATE, HAAATE that writers do – it’s inserting themselves into their fiction. You’re not being cleaver. You’re not being sneaky. You’re not fooling anyone. I see exactly what you’re doing.

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J’s Self-Editing Guide

1/21/2019

So you just finished that manuscript you’ve been working on, and it’s anywhere between 80,000 and 130,000 words. Editing such a large body of written work is quite a task, which is why you need to hire an editor.

Except, in reality, a good editor is very expensive, and a lot of small-time writers can’t afford to pay $600-3000 for a professional editor. (These are averages based on editors with credentials who accept work between 80-130k words.) There are those willing to work for less, but you risk getting what you pay for.

For most poor starving writers, dishing out that kind of cash for professional help is just not within their means, and many of us find that we have to go it alone. If you are one such writer, who has to be a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to editing, there are a lot of ways for you to be a better and more thorough self-editor.

So sit back and let the J share her guide to self-editing!

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Love at First Sight? – Give Me a Break!

12/26/2018

There are some tropes in fiction that can be done right, but in my experience, the ubiquitous ‘Love at First Sight’ cliché is very rarely ever done well.

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NaNoWriMo – Not For Me, Thanks

11/17/2018

We’re about half-way through National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, and every year there are more and more participants and more and more hype until you can’t seem to escape people talking about NaNoWriMo. At least, not if you’re a writer.

Personally, I don’t participate. Never have, and, to be frank, probably never will.

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Dated References and Why You Should Avoid Them

11/03/2018

How do you want to be remembered as a writer? When I think of some of the great literary classics, I think “timeless.” A great work of fiction should speak to anyone from any time. It should explore the human condition and concepts that should resonate throughout the ages. Love, hate, jealousy, revenge, intrigue, mystery, adventure, humor, satire, life, death, etc. People have been using writing and fiction to explore these themes since writing was invented. They’re timeless.

You know what wrecks a piece of fiction and ruins its ability to be timeless? Dated references! Mentioning a current popular song, or musician, hairstyle, fashion, buzzword, the latest movie, the freshest meme. Things that have not yet proven the test of time DO NOT BELONG IN FICTION!

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