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New Forum in Town

Posted by Judi Ring on October 26, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

L. Cooper Press has just started a free forum at http://lcpwritersforum.forumotion.com. If you're a writer, a wannabe writer, already published or just interested in talking to those in the writing field, this is the place to find them.

Do your fingers type without listening to you?

Posted by Judi Ring on October 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Do your fingers type main when you mean mien or mane?

Has your hero walked into the Capital Building instead of the  Capitol Building? Or pulled out his wallet to check his capitol instead of his capital?

Does your character ask people if their coming to his party? Perhaps she points to the villain who's standing right over they're?

These are just a few of the things you may catch on a back-to-front read. Since this changes your perspective, you are more likely to see what's really on the page instead of what you know you typed there. Sometimes our eyes are so good at completing patterns that even reading from the end to the beginning isn't enough--we may need to read each sentence backwards to catch some of those pesky typos.

Be sure to also print your book, then do a read-through from beginning to end, preferably aloud, to hear the flow and make sure that what you said sounds like what you meant to convey. Sometimes even the right word sounds wrong when read aloud.


Editing Tip

Posted by Judi Ring on August 27, 2014 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

When you edit your own work, the easiest way to find things you want to change or correct is to start at the end of the piece and read one paragraph at a time. This tricks you into seeing what's actually on the page instead of what you KNOW you wrote there (missing, wrong, or overused words and phrases, missing punctuation, etc.). Many times you'll find a better way to say something, making for a better story. At the very least, you'll make it easier for your editor to help you.

Grapes & Gourmet - Good fun for a great cause

Posted by Judi Ring on July 16, 2014 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The C.I.D. (Center for Individual Development) works with the disabled community in and around the San Bernardino, California area. One of thier fundraisers - Grapes & Gourmet - takes place on the second Thursday in July. To learn more about this event and about the C.I.D. click http://www.friendsofcid.com. Here's a picture of me all dressed up for this year's Grapes & Gourmet.

And mark your calendars for Halloween - they have a fabulous Haunted House.

Found a good workshop

Posted by Judi Ring on January 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 

There’s a good workshop in town. It’s called the Novel Writing Workshop. You can find it on Meetup and it has already helped me substantially. We’ve just done a workshop on writing a scene – what it is and what it’s not. Next Thursday, January 23, 2014, the workshop will be on Sequel – how it follows a scene and what it should include. The workshop is run by Brenda Hill, whose latest book, The House on Serpent Lake, can be found here.

Judi's Editing Can Help you

Posted by Judi Ring on December 31, 2013 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you been writing a short story or a novel and haven't finished it, but would like to know how your grammar is doing? Do you have all your commas in a row? Was that the right word or the wrong homonym? Have your point of view or tenses changed?

Judi's Editing

can find those errors and note them for you
Remember this truth - A good manuscript deserves a good editor

I don't require you to submit a finished manuscript. Since my rates are based on the number of pages you have to edit, I will edit however many pages you send each time.  It can be a full book or a chapter at a time. And as far as genre's concerned, that's not important. I read many genres, but I do enjoy a good story.

I am an active member of two critique groups and have two novels, several short stories and a Star Trek pastiche currently in progress. With 45 years of secretarial experience, including in-house newsletters, under my belt, I'm well-qualified to edit your manuscript, and will enjoy doing it.

Of course, a good editor is a busy editor.  A small deposit  will hold your place in line.



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