Writing Mentally Ill Characters

Writing Mentally Ill Characters

If you are researching “sensitivity readers,” it’s likely that you have written into your novel a mentally ill character and you’re concerned about portraying that character accurately and humanely. That’s smart. Regardless of your...
How Your Book Editor Estimates Cost

How Your Book Editor Estimates Cost

Karin Graham You want to know how much your editing will cost and how an editor comes up with the estimate. But where does this estimate come from? It’s natural to want to know that bottom line immediately, but a professional editor can’t give you that estimate...
5 Tips For Writing Evil: Let It Sink In

5 Tips For Writing Evil: Let It Sink In

How to Write a Villain Readers Won’t Forget Writing a palpable evil character is harder than it looks. Even Stephen King gets it wrong every now and then. First you have to think up evil things for your character to do. Then you have to make the character...
Writing Tip: Make It Plain

Writing Tip: Make It Plain

No one wants to read anything that looks like the terms of use for the average computer software. Why do we insist on writing like that? For example, here is an excerpt of the Terms of Use for the Waze app.* All words in this entire blog entry that are in boldface are...
The Value Of Editors

The Value Of Editors

Recently, the New York Times notified their editorial staff that they were going to lay off or buy out half of them. So the editorial staff published an open letter to Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn. In it, they describe some of what we...

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