Monday, February 16, 2015

STOP! Don't Do It!

STOP right there in your tracks! You've written a great piece, whether it's a blog post or the next great American novel, and you're ready to publish.

STOP! Don't do it! Have your work edited first. While many writers feel this step is bothersome, it's the most worthwhile step, next to your actual writing, that you can take. An independent editor is best because they bring an objective eye to your writing.

Where can you find an independent editor? One of the best ways to find your editor is through Fiverr. Fiverr is a great no-commitment way to find your best editor. Test a few editors out on small jobs before you hire any for a bigger one. This will give you a chance to gauge their work to see if you're compatible. Not every editor is compatible with every writer. Test the waters before you plunge too deeply to make a change.

So, this is your tip for today....STOP in your tracks and hire an independent editor.

Your readers will thank you.
Write often.
Write well.
Just write.
~Tricia


Saturday, February 14, 2015

For the Love of Writing (On Valentine's Day)

I'm not only a writer, I am also a professional editor. As an editor, I often warn my clients about my frequent brutality when it comes to editing their work. I tell them they can't take it personally when I turn their lovingly slaved-over documents into marked-up-with-red, messy works that need fixing. But, I do it all in their best interest. I do it for them so they don't publish something that makes them look like an idiot. The public isn't very forgiving when it comes to bad writing. People just move on and don't read bad writing.

I read this article today on The Writer's Circle and I find this to be solid, good advice. I use all these filters, and more, when I write and when I edit. I like all the points in this article and they would be helpful for any writer. Enjoy!

For the love of writing on this Valentine's Day,
~Tricia

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Is My Keyboard Magical?

Writing is like performing magic. I often start out with one thought in mind and, while I write, other thoughts come and begin to flow like a river and this will sometimes change my writing completely. I experienced this the other day while writing a post for one of my other blogs, The Priscilla Principle Blog.

One of my goals for The Priscilla Principle Blog is to help people read and interpret the Bible for themselves. I do this partially by blogging about how the Bible impacts my life. I help many people who are victims of spiritual abuse and I like putting a stop to spiritual abuse. As I wrote that post the other day, my thoughts grew and the post took a shape of its own, which changed even the title. When I reread what I'd written, I surprised even myself because my thoughts were not as articulate in my head as they turned out in the blog post.

Is it my keyboard? Is it magical? Or is there something simply magical about writing?

For some of us, writing is more than just sharing ideas or getting information across. It's a passion. It's a need to not only get an idea or information across, but the need for a voice.

Write often.
Write well.
Just write.
And feel the magic.
~Tricia