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Revising Me #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

I have an editor friend (well, I have a BUNCH of editor friends, actually, but we’re talking about one editor friend in particular right here and now) who says there’s a difference between editing and revising. Editing is what you pay for. Revising is what you do yourself. Either way, let’s face it: even my […]

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To Quit or Not to Quit (Shouldn’t be a Question) #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

When I was younger — like, late high school, college and even grad school — I’d fight my tendency to be a writer. (Little did I know the editor gene wouldn’t be fully awakened for awhile yet) I’d vow I was quitting. But over the years, the time between proclaiming, “I quit!” and returning to […]

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Purple Dinosaurs aren’t the Only Bad Purple #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

No one’s beat up on Barney the Purple Dinosaur in eons, it seems. Is he even still on TV? Unfortunately, his literary companion, purple prose, is. And like all unfortunate things, it shouldn’t be. So let’s talk about it. Let’s learn to identify it so you can revise it out and avoid notes like Aaack! […]

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Open Sesame! #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

When I was in grad school, I had a classmate who’d repeat the old quote, “The first line of your book sells it. The last line sells the next one.” There are also all sorts of memes and groups who focus entirely on first lines. They expect them to be powerful, to grip you by […]

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What a Novel Idea #atozchallenge

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

I hear this one fairly frequently from some of my younger authors: I have an idea, but I’m not sure if it’s a novel or a short story or what. To which I always reply, “Just start writing and let’s see what you’ve got.” It’s an idea not unlike the permission we often have to […]

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