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Writer's Tip: Writing Effective SentencesSentences—if the plot is the backbone of a story, then sentences are the muscles and tendons keeping it glued together. Unfortunately, writing solid sentences isn’t easy for everyone. As Human beings, we don’t speak the same way we write. Unless you do a lot of writing, you may have trouble putting together even the simplest of sentences. The last time you took a good look at a sentence and broke it down into its individual parts was probably around 3rd grade. Don’t worry—I’m here to help.Writer's Tip: Writing Effective Sentences by DarlingMionette
There’s More Than One Type of Sentence
There are (roughly) four different types of sentences, and we’re going to get into each of the different types (with examples!).
Simple Sentences – This is a sentence in its truest form. A simple sentence is the statement of a single idea in a direct, clear way. Most simple sentences contain less than 20 words, but it is best if you keep your word count aver
Writer's Tip: All About POVPoint of View. It can change everything. In the most literal sense, POV is the decision of who is narrating your novel, and what they see. POV also refers to the individual viewpoint of your characters, and ultimately, your readers. So where do you start? Well, that’s why I’ve written this article. We will explore the three standard POV options available to every writer, their advantages, disadvantages, and how to choose which one is best for you. Let’s get started.Writer's Tip: All About POV by DarlingMionette
First Person POV
I stepped into the room on hesitant feet. Leander, the great Lion King of the river valley lay half-in-shadow at the back corner of the room, his tawny paws illuminated by a shaft of light filtering in through the high windows. His sable tail thumped once, twice, in the haze of dust motes, and my breath caught in my chest. I shouldn’t be here.
First person POV is denoted by the use of “I”, “My”, “Me”, “Mine
A Writer's Guide: Naming CharactersWhen it comes to writing novels, names often get overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Most of us are happy if we can tell who is talking and we can remember the character’s names for the entirety of the book, but bad names can ruin a book. I don’t know about you, but when I get a hold of a book where the main character’s name is a comical 20-character tangle I can’t pronounce, it ruins the book for me. It’s hard to take a book, or a character, seriously when you want to roll your eyes every time you read the narrative.A Writer's Guide: Naming Characters by DarlingMionette
In this article I’ve compiled a list of things to consider when naming a character for a novel, and though it’s pretty simple, I hope it serves to help someone in their future endeavors to name a character. Most of this is common sense, but it’s often easy to forget these little tidbits of wisdom when you’re busy trying to figure out if your character makes a better Ashley or a Paige.
Getting a S
Writer's Tip: Show, don't tell.Show, don’t tell (SDT). It’s one of the few consistent pieces of advice that all writers have heard at one time or another. Even the most amateur of writers parrot it back, but knowing the phrase doesn’t necessarily mean that we understand it, or how to implement it.Writer's Tip: Show, don't tell. by DarlingMionette
So what does “Show, don’t tell.” really mean? SDT is the idea that instead of telling your readers what’s happening in a story, you show them. This seems like an abstract concept to most of us, but what it boils down to is this: using words to give your readers an idea without having to directly state it. There are many ways good writers do this. It can be as simple as adding a scene for when your character walks down the street to the corner market rather than saying “she went to the store.” but it can also be as complicated as weaving subtext into dialogue and editing entire character personalities to prove a point down the line. I want to look at two example
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Hey guys! It’s been awhile, I know. For those of you who haven’t been following along with my journals for the last year, let me give you a bit of an introductory course to Mio. This past year I set aside artwork for my writing (my true passion). It’s been a bit of an adventure, and a year after I started, here I am, a Professional Reader and Review Blogger. I didn’t get a lot of writing done in the end, but I’ve gained a lot of knowledge on the writing industry, and I’ve made a lot of connections with authors, publishers, and editors. It has been such a wonderful experience for me, and I’ve found that finally, I’m doing something I really love. (Because what’s greater than getting free books before they’re published and the only thing you have to do is tell people what you thought about it? Seriously.)
This of course, has spurred me on to my next big change of venue. Here’s the thing: being an artist makes you money. Not a lot—not unless you work really hard at it—but it’s an income. Professional reading? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong, free books and bumping elbows with established authors and publishing houses? FANTASTIC—but you can’t live off it. I need an income, and right now my Wacom tablet is still broken from last summer. So, I decided a few weeks ago that I was going to start making a pretty big career choice.
I’m going to become a Freelance Proofreader/Copyeditor.
I’m familiar with the game. I know what they do, I know how they do it, and having been writing reviews for the past year and talking to a lot of people in the book industry, I know I can do it too. Getting started, however, isn’t as straight forward as it seems. I could jump in—as I did with my commissions—and post some prices, some FAQs, and start taking on jobs. I have no doubt I could pick some up fairly quickly. (I’ve already had a few authors approach me on whether I’ve considered Copyediting professionally), but that isn’t how I want to go about it. So here I am, making a call for content… and this is where you come in.
In order to figure out my strong/weak points when it comes to Proofreading/Copyediting and gauge my pace, I need experience. It also wouldn’t hurt to pad my resume with some names of authors and projects I’ve worked on. Rather than jump right in and possibly fall flat on my face with my inexperience, I’ve decided to jump into the DeviantART community and ask for some help:
I need some chapters of fiction to test out my abilities on. My goal is to find out how fast I work (so I know what I can charge in terms of $/hour), and also what kind of edits I’m comfortable with, and what I may need to work on. I’m not a dictionary. I’m not a Professor of English. I still have troubles with grasping the fundamentals of some things. So if you have a chapter lying around looking for some Proofreading/Copyediting, this is your chance to get some free help. I am offering up my budding services free of charge to anyone with an original work of fiction that they’re someday looking to publish. I only ask that I can add your name and the title of your work to my resume so that it’s not completely blank when I start charging for my services. Sound good? Read on.
What does a proofreader do?
The goal of a proofreader is to look for and fix cosmetic and technical errors such as spelling, punctuation, formatting errors, and basic grammar.
What doesn’t a proofreader do?
A proofreader doesn't rewrite, fix flow, style, check for continuity errors, re-structure, or fix absurd plot choices. They do not copyedit.
What does a copyeditor do?
The goal of a copyeditor is to correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, style, and usage. They check suitability of the text for the target audience/genre. They look for redundancy, make sure things are logical, information isn’t missing, and even keep an eye on your whitespace. A copyeditor looks for sentence/paragraph lengths, flow, and clarity. They check continuity of items, characters, places, and make sure your style is consistent. They make sure your writing is clear and engaging, your tense is correct, your POV isn't wobbling all over the place, and they flag anything that may constitute a legal issue.
What doesn’t a copyeditor do?
Copyeditors don’t rewrite, or re-structure your chapters. They don’t write in large portions of text for you. They don’t format your text or design your cover, and while there is some overlap, they don’t thoroughly proofread. They do not create bibliographies, indexes, or glossaries. They don’t research your facts for you, and they don’t help you gain legal permission to use copyrighted text or images.
I’m hoping to get at least 10 chapters for both Proofreading and Copyediting (1 chapter per story please… don’t send me 10 chapters of the same novel). They should be original fiction (no fanfiction… I can’t pad my resume with something that can’t legally be published). Length should be under 10,000 words. The documents should be sent in a format that can be read by Miscrosoft Word (I will be making changes via the Track Changes and Commenting features), and will be returned when finished. I will not publish your work anywhere, nor will I take any of it for my own. This is purely for practice and experience. Edits may take awhile (I have no idea how many entries I’ll receive or how long it will take me to get through each one... it depends on the skill of the author!) But hopefully no single chapter will take more than a few days to look through. If you’re interested in helping me out and participating in this call for content, please e-mail me at email@example.com with the following information:
1. Include the chapter file you would like looked over.
2. Tell me if you’d prefer Proofreading or Copyediting (or if you care which one… I’ll pick 10 of each type out of what I receive).
3. Include the Genre / Audience your story is intended for.
4. Give me a list of what your concerns for the story, or your style are. I’ll try to keep an eye out for what concerns you most.
5. Please include the title (temporary tiles are okay if you don’t have a set title yet) of your novel, and your full name (for my resume).
In return, I will do my best to give you the most thorough job of copyediting/proofreading I can, along with consideration for changes, comments, and questions to help you strengthen your work. I’ll try my best to maintain your personal voice and style as much as possible., while improving on what you already have.
Thanks so much guys for taking the time to read this really long article. I’ll leave this call for content open for awhile (maybe a few weeks depending on how many chapters are sent my way), so there’s no rush. Thank you for all your support and consideration as I work towards this new career goal.
Cary Morton / DarlingMionette
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UPDATE:I'm still looking for more entries, and for those of you waiting for a reply--it's been a pretty busy weekend, but I am working on the copy edits and they'll be done as soon as they're done. I've already handed back a few, but I've got a couple more that I'm still wading through. Patience The pace I've been working at varies on the size of the file that was submitted and how many edits are needed. Some copy edits are taking less than an hour, others are taking a few hours spaced out over days. I'll get to them all as quickly as I can. I hope everyone is having a great week!