Tag: Editing

Writing Tip: Starting Over

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The article just wouldn’t work. After the first draft, I tweaked it and twisted it and edited it over and over, but it still didn’t work. I called my mother. My mother was a writer, so calling her about a writing problem made sense. I’d get some of that Mom Wisdom and emotional support, plus good writing  »  Read More

Writing a book: Why Greg’s book is pretty awful

  |   Writing A Book

Greg’s a nice guy and I liked him, but his book is simply dreadful. A mutual friend convinced me to talk to Greg because his mystery novel wasn’t selling. Greg was sure that all he needed was “some marketing tricks” to change all that. Before we chatted, I took a look at a copy he had sent me. The  »  Read More

How many times did you revise that?

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“How many times did you revise that?” The question fit the context. We were discussing revision during a coaching session. My client was asking about two versions of a blog post, done on two different blogs. I wrote “Ernest Hemingway’s Lost Manuscripts” on my leadership blog. The point was to  »  Read More

Advice from the Masters: Stanley Schmidt

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Stanley Schmidt was the editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine from 1978 to 2012. Every year, from 1980 through 2006 (the last year it was awarded) Schmidt was nominated for the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor. After the Society revamped their award structure, he  »  Read More

Writing Skills: Put on your editor hat

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Edward de Bono’s concept of Six Thinking Hats can really help you make better decisions. The idea is that you, in your mind, put on different hats for different ways to think about a problem. Imagining that you’re putting on your “editor hat” works the same way. It’s a way of pretending that  »  Read More

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