I talk about writing often. I’ve mentioned ABP (autonomous body parts, as in eyes taking trips around rooms and hands doing all sorts of things on their own), trying rather than doing, repetition, wordiness, run-on sentences, and on and on.
As long as there are writers, editors will never run out of work. It seems we all must make the same writing mistakes when we’re starting out, and as we go along–if we make an effort to improve–we get better.
Just how good are you? Show me.
Send me a sample of no more than 300 words (fenraven at gmail). I will edit it for nothing and send it back. But here’s the thing: I will also post it on the blog (anonymously, of course; no one will know the sample belongs to you) so everyone can see what an editor does to a manuscript.
One way writers get better is by paying attention to what editors say and do on your work. By sharing, we all learn.
So, how brave are you? If no one sends me samples, well, we’ll know the answer to that question, won’t we? 🙂
Think I’m perfect? Ha! Nope. I dug up a piece of writing I did several years ago and found a few things. I may do something with this in the future, so please remember it’s copyrighted, ‘kay? Thanks.
The PoV change surprised me. This will have to be revised if I move forward with it because omniscient is difficult to do correctly, and I really don’t want to be in everyone’s head. Crap!
I was very picky with this sample, seeing as it was written by me. Heh. “Back” could stay or go, but I lined it out anyway. Editors make suggestions, but the writer makes final decisions.
Have a great week! See you Friday.