lessons in writing

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Timelines and Maps …

Published August 3, 2012 by Ema Volf

I’ve had a map and floor plans to make sure I stay consistent in my book with what is where. Today I started a timeline to make sure the times stay consistent as well. I have to say, I’m pleased with how it’s turning out. I also have to say that the extra step to do all these is definitely worth the effort and time. Just my random observations. It really does seem like a lot of work, but far less mistakes are made that way. The mistakes that are made are easily noticed and corrected.

Anyways. Back to work before these storms knock out my power. Or I fall asleep. Whichever comes first.


A Guide to Self Publishing

Published April 19, 2012 by Ema Volf

Jennifer Malone Wright, a very talented woman about whom I LOVE to brag because she totally earned it, has a self-publishing guide. She’s actually posted a little blog on it that can be found here.

You guys should check it out. I’ve read it (and reread it). It’s really informative and overall fantastic. LOTS of helpful advice.

That awkward moment when …

Published April 13, 2012 by Ema Volf

Have you ever read a book (ebook or paper) and wished that you could edit the crap out of it? Be it bad grammar, sloppy consistency issues, switching perspectives from one character to the next in first person within a few paragraphs of each other (not switching chapters), somehow going from first person to third person and back again, jumping around in time so frequently it’s often hard to tell what’s going on and when … Stop me. I could go on and on. Usually, you see these with independently published books. Although, it’s not impossible to find a professionally published book with these same issues.

Well anyways, I actually read one of these today. And despite all that, I still enjoyed the story (once I finally got my bearings and figured out what was going on). Despite the love of the overall story, which was accomplished only after I DID get a grip on the story, a good editing job would have really sucked me in and made it much easier for me, and any other readers, to follow. I really shouldn’t have to sit and flip back through pages to make sure I was reading something correctly due to a lack of proper editing.

So now I’m at that awkward point where I’m not sure whether to say, “Well done!” or “Please let me edit your book!”

Hmm. Oh well.

The lesson here is simply to find a good editor, Boys and Girls. Even better, find several. They can be professional or they can be some of your friends, who have the ability to read objectively. Outsiders aren’t as engrossed in the story as you, the author, are. They’re more likely to catch what you missed and offer helpful solutions to your problems. They might even be able to say, “Hey. I didn’t understand this part here. Is there a way you can clarify this in the story?” Good editors DO make a difference. Their role is VERY important.