What I’ve Learned from Editing My Own Writing

My two main projects have moved from the drafting stage into the editing stage. This isn’t my first rodeo with editing, and between other projects I’ve edited and these two pieces, I’ve learned a lot about how to edit my own work. Editing one’s own work isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve learned a few lessons along the way.

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Why I Love Writing

I’ve been thinking lately about editing—about how difficult it is to edit one’s own writing—mostly because both of my current main projects are in the editing phase. In the writing stage, I told myself to keep writing so that I would have a finished draft. And now that I’m done drafting, I tell myself to keep editing so I can finish these projects and begin drafting a new project. Somewhere in this thought process I realized that I don’t like writing: I don’t like drafting, I don’t like editing, I don’t like rewriting, and I don’t like more editing. So why do I still write?

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The Best 4 Writing Blogs for the Serious Writer

Ready to submit your manuscript or short story? Are you slaving away over writing and revising your manuscript? Are you serious about your writing? These blogs will help you along your writing journey. They are packed full of publishing and writing industry advice, writing tips, and the occasional business suggestion for writers.

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Busting Grammar Myths: Prepositions at the End of a Sentence

Have you been yelled at for ending a sentence with a preposition? Or maybe you’ve been told more politely? It’s not just you. I’ve been told the same thing. But guess what? You were told wrong. So then, what’s the deal with prepositions at the end of sentences?

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Writing Motivation: It’s Time To Find Your Writing Zone

Writing is hard. That’s no secret. It’s a mad scramble to find motivation and inspiration to finish (or start) that creative writing project. It’s time to take a look at your writing strategies, habits, and environment and evaluate what gets you typing and what stops your story in its tracks. What will really get you to write? Time to find out.   

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Obsessions, a Writing Technique

Recently, I heard somebody talk about how writers have “obsessions.” That is, things that writers personally are interested in or fascinated by that appear throughout their writing. This person noted that writers often lean into their obsessions to improve their writing in some facet or another.

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Book Review: May Day by Gretchen Marquette

Overview

May Day is an intimate examination of the narrator’s life. Gretchen Marquette takes events in her life, finds the larger, abstract part of the human condition the event relates to, and focuses on big issues that all humans can relate to like love and loss.

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Book Review: Tula by Chris Santiago

Overview

Tula by Chris Santiago largely focuses on the ideas of sound and Santiago’s family and heritage. It begins by framing this narrative with a poem describing a scene when Santiago’s son stabbed his cochlea with a pencil.

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Motivation: How to Write More

Motivation is a fickle thing when writing. Sometimes it comes and (more often) it doesn’t. But motivation is necessary in order to write (you need to be motivated to do something in order to do it). Likewise, inspiration is often a key component in motivation, but inspiration concurring with motivation is rare indeed.

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