The Four D’s: Part 2 – What is Depth?

The Four D’s: Part 2 – What is Depth?

A Special Feature Series: See Part 1 here. Resonant stories have depth. Forgettable stories don’t. Literary fiction, for example, takes us deep into the lives of characters and creates complex stories that touch upon the human condition. A good literary novel may resonate with the reader long after the book is finished. Genre fiction, many…

Part I: The Department of Redundancy Department

Part I: The Department of Redundancy Department

I’d like to call your attention to an editing tool for the editing of redundant words and redundant word phrases that turn up in rough drafts and not-so-rough drafts (what?).  Why is this important? First, good writing is concise. Thomas Jefferson said, “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.” When someone writes past experience, fatally killed, foreign…

Marvel Comics and Film Noir - What They Taught Me About Writing

Marvel Comics and Film Noir - What They Taught Me About Writing

I knew early what I didn’t want to read. Though I longed for adventure my mother bought me all the usual little girl comics/magazines containing stories about ballerinas in pink tutus, owning a pony, or cute puppies and donkeys. Even at such a tender age I didn’t care for them. I’d rather be out climbing…

On Writing: Become a Master Editor by Practicing E-Prime

On Writing: Become a Master Editor by Practicing E-Prime

GUEST FEATURE by Shanan at: http://www.theprocrastiwriter.com Don’t let bad editing happen to you. Because writers get so close to their work, self-editing (a critical step whether you plan to self-publish or seek out a traditional publishing arrangement) can become an obstacle to success. However, applying the principles of E-Prime to your writing is a great way…