Useful Editing Links

Hi,

Two places I’ve found really useful in improving my writing (a.k.a. editing) are;

1. Writing Excuses – weekly 15 minute long panel-style podcast. You can listen to the back-issues too. Yes, they focus on sci-fi and fantasy but I write neither and still get at least one really great tip from each podcast. It also prompted me to read some of the panel’s novels and they’re good.

2. Writers Helping Writers – this was recommended to me recently and it’s a great site with a variety of downloadable tools for writers seeking to improve their work. Character interview charts, advice on how to cure cardboard villains, handouts about building a social media platform, how to remove crutch or weasel words (I’ve done this and it really works!), weak verb ideas, etc, etc. They also have a few books out. I like the idea of the emotional thesaurus – ways to show emotions via body language.

Any other editing links you’d like me to share with the Ireland North East nano-gang? Let me know in the comments.

thanks,

Grace (ML for Ireland NorthEast in NaNoWriMo)

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About wordfoolery

Grace Tierney is a writer and mother living in rural Ireland. Specialising in a humourous slant thanks to years of reading Wodehouse, Dickens, Pratchett, Brookmyre, and chick-lit galore, her fiction and non-fiction writing has been published internationally and locally in everything from the local paper to anthologies, online media, coffee tins, and glossy magazines in several different countries. She has published three books for writers; “Positive Thoughts for Writers”, “The Writing Contest Expert's Guide to Fiction Contests”, and “The Writing Contest Expert’s Guide to Nonfiction Contests” based on her long-running contest column for Writer Online (available at www.lulu.com/gracetierney). Grace is currently writing her second chick-lit novel. For more information about Grace’s work see www.gracetierney.com.
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