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.
Grace (ML for Ireland NorthEast in NaNoWriMo)