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Author: Sharon Honeycutt

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Capitalization craziness

I’ve been editing a lot of fantasy and sci-fi lately, and I find that my authors love to capitalize words and terms that really shouldn’t be capped. And I get it—I really do. For instance, when you’re creating a fictional world (whether it’s SF/fantasy or not), it’s natural to want to capitalize the names of…
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Don’t “begin to.” Just do it.

This will be short and sweet. I have a longer Harry Potter post coming soon! Writing tip of the day: do you find yourself using the phrase “began to” in your action scenes? Consider these: 1. The noise got louder, and my heart began to thud harder. 2. When I saw they were chasing me,…
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JK Rowling & Harry Potter: A guide to writing better

I finally see what all the fuss is about At the age of fifty, I finally read the Harry Potter series. I have no idea why I waited so long, but I absolutely loved them. J. K. Rowling is a masterful writer, which brings me to my post today. As I read her books, I…
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Dialogue Tags: Is “said” all you need?

One giveaway that I’m working on a manuscript by a fairly new writer (or with a writer who hasn’t worked with an editor before) is an abundant variety of dialogue tags. Elmore Leonard advises writers to use only “said.” (Don’t know who Elmore Leonard is? Raylan Givens is shaking a finger at you and insisting you…
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Self-Editing and Stuck? Try this technique!

When writers first approach me about working together on their book or story, they often ask me about my process. How do I work? What do I do with their book? What will it look like when they get it back? Those are great questions, and we usually exchange a few emails going over the…
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