Category: telling vs. showing

You write. I edit. You shine.

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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Reading Lessons: A Man Called Ove: A Novel

So far, so good. I’m keeping up with my resolution to read more for pleasure. I know, I know. It’s only January 16, but still … I mentioned at the tail end of my last post that I’d started A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman and that even though I’d just started,…
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Editing My First Novel: Learn from My Mistakes, Part 2

Last week I invited you to go along with me as I rip apart the first novel I wrote, which I finished way back in 2007. I’ve become a professional editor in the meantime, and I’ve finished three other novels since then too. I’ve learned a lot and have a lot to offer my clients,…
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