Editing

Confessions of a Writing Group Virgin

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Benison O’Reilly. While writing my first novel Happily Ever After? I was fiercely protective of my words, like a kid who cups her hand around her schoolwork so no-one can copy her answers. For a year my husband watched me toil away at the manuscript, but if he […]

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5 Quick Fixes for a Story that Goes Wrong

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Dr John Yeoman. Every serious author has panicked at some point when drafting their novel. The story that was conceived as a perfect whole has gone seriously wrong. A major plot line has collapsed or characters refuse to behave as scripted. Worse, the concept itself seems so trite […]

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Excerpt Critique: Coffee In a Paper Cup

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Please welcome today’s anonymous aspiring author, ready for a peer critique. Take a moment to read the excerpt and leave some thoughtful feedback in the comment section below. If you are a writer whose excerpt has appeared anonymously on Write It Sideways, and now you’d like your name to appear on your piece, contact us. If […]

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The Biggest Problem with Writing Advice

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Today’s article is written by Suzannah Windsor Freeman, founding editor of Write It Sideways. True story: Once, I wrote a blog post which gave some advice about limiting filter words in your fiction. The post went viral on a social media outlet, which from my perspective was a good thing—writers were obviously wanting to pass […]

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There Are Two Kinds of People…

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Susan Bearman. There are two kinds of people in the world, and I have been all of them. Infantile and wise. Majestic and wretched. Crestfallen and elated. Gracious and a horse’s ass. I have been these people and many, many more. As a writer, this duplicity or plurality of being […]

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Excerpt Critique: “Legend of Dark Mountain”

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Please welcome today’s aspiring author Joy Keeney, ready for a peer critique. Take a moment to read the excerpt and leave some thoughtful feedback in the comment section below. If you are a writer whose excerpt has appeared anonymously on Write It Sideways, and now you’d like your name to appear on your piece, contact me. […]

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