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Rebel with a Clause: Seven Grammar Rules You Should Break

By Madeleine Mozley | May 30, 2024

Rebel with a Clause: Seven Grammar Rules You Should Break By Madeleine Mozley I have a love/hate relationship with American English grammatical conventions. By and large, I love and enforce them, as do all of us editors here at Embers Igniting Editing. I appreciate how grammar forms a framework around which excellent writing can be […]

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Editing 101: What is a Structural Edit?

By Melissa Burnham | April 29, 2024

Editing 101: What is a Structural Edit? By Melissa Burnham In his book on developmental editing, Scott Norton compares fiction to a dream. The goal is to be able to read the whole book without waking up from the dream. A structural edit starts smoothing out those speedbumps that would wake your readers up. Another […]

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What to Do with Perfectionism

By Rachelle Clifford | April 16, 2019

What to Do with Perfectionism By Rachelle Clifford I am not a perfectionist. Really, I may be the furthest thing from one. Once I’ve achieved “good enough,” I’m ready to move on to the next task. But I think we all have a little perfectionism in us when it comes to the things we love. […]

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10 Ways to Identify Your Writing Style

By Madeleine Mozley | April 15, 2019

10 Ways to Identify Your Writing Style By Madeleine Mozley When I studied writing in college, there was never a lesson about voice. Setting? Check. Character? Yep. Plot? You bet. I heard endless platitudes about writing dialogue and appealing to the senses. Nearly every writing class spent at least one lecture on the anatomy of […]

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English is Nonsensical

By Tracy Jones | April 14, 2019

English is Nonsensical By Tracy Jones Sometimes people have no excuse for grammatical mistakes. But let’s face it, sometimes English grammar just doesn’t make sense. Take the word ‘nonsensical’ for instance. Currently, ‘sensical’ is not a word in the dictionary. That’s right. We have a non-something but not the something itself. Way to think things […]

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5 Books Worth Reading

By Melissa Burnham | April 14, 2019

5 Books Worth Reading By Melissa Blakely My friends tell me that my reading habits are eclectic. Many people find a genre that they love and stick with that, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. I will read just about anything (with a few exceptions, horror for example). What I want is a […]

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The 4 Facets of World Building

By Rachelle Clifford | April 14, 2019

The 4 Facets of World-Building By Rachelle Clifford As a reader and writer of other world genres (i.e. fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism), I am all too aware of the pain and pleasure that goes into world- building. For writers, it is the first building block that everything else rests on. For readers, it is the […]

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6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Creating Characters

By Tracy Jones | April 13, 2019

6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Creating Characters By Tracy Jones Characters are the lifeblood of stories because of their ability to connect to the reader. You can have the most beautiful, compelling plot, but if your characters are weak, your readers will know it. Here are six pitfalls to avoid while you’re crafting your characters. […]

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Travel as a Writing Exercise

By Melissa Burnham | April 13, 2019

Travel as a Writing Exercise By Melissa Blakely Travel is filled with inspiration for writers. What better way to spark an idea than seeing and experiencing so many new things and places? There is inspiration all around us, but sometimes it can be hard to see. Traveling takes you out of your routine and drops […]

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