Category Archives: editing

WoW: Repetition for a Reason

No, no, no! How many times have a said that to myself when editing my work? I’ll see needless repetition, shake my head while muttering those words, and rework things to get rid of the redundancy. However, repetition can serve … Continue reading

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WoW: Commas and Compound Sentence Confusion

Welcome to Wordsmithing on Wednesdays, where we delve into details of the writing craft. . When I offer to critique another writer’s work, I warn him or her that I once worked as a copy editor and generally perform a … Continue reading

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WoW: Using Unusual Words

Welcome to Wordsmithing on Wednesdays, when I share a tip from my days as an editor. Unusual words can add to the enjoyment of reading a story. I write historicals and have fun including such dated terms as betrothed, propriety, … Continue reading

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WoW: Now, About Then

Welcome to Wordsmithing on Wednesdays, when I share a tip from my days as an editor. Then. It’s a small word, one I’ve seen used often in printed books and believe is sometimes overused. I’ll go so far as to … Continue reading

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WoW: Handling Interruptions

Welcome to Wordsmithing on Wednesdays, when I share a tip from my days as an editor. Interruptions. We deal with them all the time. The phone rings. A family member pops into our writing space to say hi. The dryer … Continue reading

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WoW: The Ups and Downs of Adverbs

Welcome to Wordsmithing on Wednesdays, when I share a tip from my days as an editor. Adverbs. Avoid them, we’re told. When you think of adverbs, which ones come to mind? For many of us, it’s those ending in -ly. … Continue reading

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Clean Your M.U.G.S.

Christa Allan’s debut women’s fiction novel, Walking on Broken Glass, will be published in Spring 2010 by Abingdon Press. She’s also published essays in Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Divorced and Recovering soul. … Continue reading

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