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Get Off Your Crutches

2/19/2018
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What are crutch words in writing? Those small words and phrases you use in early drafts to support yourself. But many of them can be safely deleted during your self-editing phase. In this episode, I provide a short list of crutch words I often see in my work as an editor, plus a couple […]

Duration:00:09:25

Be Active

2/10/2018
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If you’ve been writing for very long, you’ve likely already heard this advice: use the active voice. But do you know why you should? This episode: defines active vs. passive voice why you should use active voice more often than passive voice when using passive voice may be preferable and how to eradicate passive […]

Duration:00:10:16

Don’t Lose Your Voice

2/4/2018
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Can you lose your voice when writing? Of course! But it can sometimes be challenging to figure out when that’s happened. This week’s episode: defines voice in writing describes the difference between voice and tone offers a question to ask yourself to identify your voice presents a possible solution to figure out if you’ve […]

Duration:00:08:03

Eschew Confusion

1/28/2018
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Just as this image attests, it’s easy to confuse your reader. So what can you do to spot your own confusing parts while self-editing, especially when you give yourself the benefit of the doubt that the reader will surely understand what you’ve written? This episode references a before-and-after example from the Plain English Campaign and […]

Duration:00:08:41

Kill All And-Hills

1/21/2018
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In this week’s episode that tries way too hard to be a piece of writing advice wrapped in a bad pun, I mention: All Apprentices: Quick Editing Tips episode 10: Consider Your Cadence How to use Scrivener’s Word Frequency capability How to check your word frequency usage via wordcounter.com

Duration:00:07:06

Consider Your Cadence

1/14/2018
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This is a podcast for writers. This episode is its tenth episode. This podcast episode for writers is called “Consider Your Cadence.” Why? Because structural repetition will lull your reader to sleep, just like my opening lines probably almost made you stop reading. My one specific example in this episode is from Purdue’s Online […]

Duration:00:10:31

Stay Tense

1/7/2018
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Let’s talk time-traveling. You may think that’s a strange topic for a writing and editing podcast, but you would be wrong. Aside from too many Back to the Future references, the only other resource I recommended was this Grammarly post on verb tenses, which you may want to review before listening. Otherwise, drop your Sports […]

Duration:00:07:14

Stop Clearing Your Throat

12/10/2017
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This self-editing tip took me some time to learn. To employ it effectively, you have to develop a keen and semi-objective editorial eye with regard to the first few paragraphs, or first few chapters, of anything you write. Often—and maybe especially if you’re a “panster” versus a “plotter”—the first few words (or paragraphs or, yes, […]

Duration:00:06:31

Enlist Robotic Assistance

12/3/2017
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I didn’t intend this episode to focus on just one helpful editing application, but if I would have previewed any more, the episode length would definitely not have fit within the podcast title of “Quick Editing Tips.” So, after a week off after Thanksgiving, here’s my quick tip on enlisting robotic assistance in your editing. […]

Duration:00:08:49

Trust the Robots

11/19/2017
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If you want to know what I mean by “Trust the robots,” listen to the episode before reading any further. I wouldn’t want to kill the suspense. Now, have you listened to the episode? Really? It’s less than seven minutes! Just give it a listen. Done? Good. Here’s the information I promised that you may […]

Duration:00:06:35

What is a Developmental Editor? An Interview with M.S. Wordsmith

11/12/2017
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Breaking from the format of “Quick Editing Tips,” I interview fiction developmental editor M.S. Wordsmith (aka Mariëlle S. Smith) about her job. If you’ve ever wondered how a developmental editor can help you turn your story from so-so to so amazing, listen to this episode.

Duration:00:46:48

Kill Your Darlings

11/5/2017
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If you've been a writer for very long, you've very likely heard or read the advice, "Kill your darlings." But how can you tell when you're writing "darlings" and when they need to be edited from your book?

Duration:00:08:13

Don’t Break Your Brain

10/29/2017
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If you try to accomplish too much at once when editing, you will break your brain. So what's your recourse?

Duration:00:09:21

The Hardest Editing Tip to Put into Practice?

10/23/2017
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The hardest editing tip to put into practice isn't even technically editing. Rather, it's how you approach your editing.

Duration:00:09:32

What Every Writer Should Do Before Self-Editing (according to Stephen King)

10/13/2017
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One of the best pieces of writing and editing advice I ever read came from Stephen King's memoir On Writing. To me, it's the best first tip to begin a podcast on self-editing because it's what you should do before you begin editing.

Duration:00:07:31