1. Professional Writing Tip: Stop Being Wordy. Why Use Two Words When One Will Do?

      Back in high school, I heard a writing teacher once say that every written sentence needed to be reduced to its simplest state. In other words, don’t be wordy. That’s good advice up to a point, though I do think it can be taken too far. Sometimes the extra vocabulary choices we use might …Read More

  2. Are Self-Published Books Badly Edited and Poorly Put Together? Prove that Wrong!

      This writing-related Challenge of the Week is a giant deal for any authors who’ve decided to self-publish their books. As such, forget any buildup or explanation. Here we go… Don’t feed into the self-published stereotype! Please, please, please don’t do it. Maybe I have too large a po…Read More

  3. The Myers-Briggs Personality Test: How Well Do You Know Your Creative Writing Characters?

      Being on Pinterest and various Facebook writer’s groups, I’ve long-since known that certain authors and aspiring authors approach character development by using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test. If that makes you go, “Huh?” Wikipedia does a pretty decent job explaining…Read More

  4. Don’t Let Your Self-Published Freedom Go to Your Authorial Head

      Delving further into our publishing possibilities for today’s writing Definition of the Week (as posted on Innovative Editing’s Facebook page), let’s discuss what it means to be a self-published author. Here’s the definition: Self-Published:  Another self-explanatory-sounding defini…Read More

  5. Why Writing Out Your Pain Can Get Your Life Back on Track

      Believe it or not, manuscript editors like me end up interacting with a lot of truly hurt or hurting people with very painful pasts or presents. Parts of their lives have been derailed by truly horrible childhoods. Losing loved ones. Being raped. Suffering through domestic abuse. In some ways…Read More

  6. Writing Rule #32: Here’s What It Means If Your Manuscript’s Query Letter Gets Rejected

      In order to address Innovative Editing’s literary agent/query letter/traditional publishing Part 2 Writing Rule of the week, we need to first go back to Writing Rule #31, which went like this: Getting traditionally published ain’t easy. The Big 5 rarely accepts unsolicited manuscript subm…Read More

  7. How to Write a Query Letter That Will Totally (Possibly) Snag You a Literary Agent!

      We’re going to cheat a little with today’s writing-related Challenge of the Week, since query letters aren’t actually literary-agent specific. You can send them to smaller publishing companies as well – or any Big 5 publishers who are feeling generous and open. “What’s a query let…Read More