Before You Submit

Since last September, I have been a fiction reader at a literary magazine run by the Graduate English Program at Florida State University. We receive hundreds of submissions and those submissions are divvied up amongst different readers where each story receives several reads. I am grateful for the opportunity and I highly recommend that if…

How to Edit a Chapter

The secret every one of us learns after many years of writing is that writing is not just about that flash of inspiration. It is mostly about re-writing and editing. Lots of it. When editing your chapters, I suggest the following: Read it aloud and fix any sentence that sounds stilted. Check your dialogue. Is…

When to Cut a Scene

In a sense, the scenes in your novel are very much like pearls. Separately, they are lovely to look at but do not really add up to much until you string them all together. It is the same way with scenes–alone, they do not mean much, but all together they can be something priceless. How…