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Cutting ’til it Bleeds

The red pen slices deep into the flesh of the story,
wasted ink spilling across the page.

image (14)I just finished a story and reached for my red pen and these are the words that went through my mind. This is how I see editing.

It’s murderous torture to my words. When it’s time to clean up my work, I try to spare nothing with the cutting. Noose up each unnecessary syntax and choke the life out of it. Slice away the wasted fat of word count, bringing out the bare structure of a piece. As it is, I think I don’t cut nearly enough.

I finished The Braid and cut from nearly 5,000 to just under 4K. Pointless conversation, description and plot all got axed. Does the story travel forward on the knowledge that his shorts were made of black nylon blend? No?—then slice. Some description is important to bring a reader in, but many, many stories I read are full of fluff meant to pad word and page count. That will never fly.

This is the question we need to ask as authors and writers with every story. Do we want to strut and boast that we just put out a 50,000 word novel that no one reads or do we want to create the written word that haunts generations because of content. I hope to one day achieve the latter. For now, I continue to try sculpt stories hidden inside the block of paper pulp at my desk—chipping away, honing and slicing until, hopefully, something powerful emerges.

As for The Braid, it’s been rewritten and edited twice and then sent to a special beta reader who is reviewing it now (and chopping it up even more, to the story’s benefit). After it returns I’ll rewrite based on suggestions he gives me and then edit again. Then, depending on where I want to see it, it will probably go through two more editors. Then I can publish it somewhere as the best I can make it.

And, when I read it over again, I bet I will find something I’d like to change.

Review: SHARKK Backlit Ultrathin iPad Keyboard

IMG_20140630_201815_999After three tries I finally found the perfect keyboard for the iPad: the SHARKK Backlit Ultrathin iPad Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard by this progressive company called SHARKK.

I love writing with this new set up. It syncs up to the iPad almost instantly for quick typing and the response is immediate.

The keys just feel good and they are back lit with a range of zazzy colors to choose from. The keyboard clips to the iPad securely and easily with magnets and the sleek aluminum profile looks good, feels good and is professional without being boring. I can’t say enough good things about this keyboard. It’s so fun to work with I bet it even cures writer’s block ;D

Here’s my video review on the subject – thanks to first time camera man xmonkeydoox for helping me create it!

Journal Jabber – Alicia Sparks – Radio Show 6·1·14

jj1After a few glitches and a lot of learning, the new Journal Jabber shows are starting to come out.  Listen in as Alicia Sparks heats things up as we chat about her newest release, “Sin Bin,” hockey and her birthday.

Journal Jabber on YouTube!

Here it is – the first Journal Jabber show in it’s new home, nestled comfortably on the Ember Spark channel.  What a great first show as well – four authors of microfiction pit pen and prose against each other in a battle of words to see which will walk away as the Iron Writer 2014.

Future shows will be posted on the channel and we will start posting the archives as well.  We will have more freedom to do extra shows and be much more creative than our former platform allowed.  Please have a listen, like and share.  Subscribe to catch them all!

Thanks Ember for hosting Journal Jabber on your channel!


Formatting sale at Eyes for Editing!

Amy December Ad 2Amy Eye is my editor and I would use no other.

She has always gotten my work not only copy edited, but formatted and content edited as well.  My books and stories are so much better because of her suggestions.  The character of Joon in End of Joon was slated to vanish into the night but Amy suggested I write her in to continue.

I took her advice and the feedback from readers has been positive.  Beta readers that read both versions have commented that they are happy Joon will remain in the story.  I’m happy as well.  Amy pushed me into making a better book.

That’s what editors are for.  They not only check for misplaced punctuation, but they can also give authors feedback on how our stories are perceived by others.  Amy is a pro at all she does and I couldn’t do what I do without her.

Right now, for the month of December, Amy is running a seasonal special – sign up for a book series and get 20% off all the books in that series.  You can bet I have signed up the End of Daze series for that!  Visit Amy at theeyesforediting.com and let her make your story shine.

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