Category Archives: Editing

Larry Edwards presents “Do’s & Don’ts of Memoir Writing” at San Diego Memoir Writers Association Event, Sept. 7

Freelance editor Larry Edwards of Polishing Your Prose will present “Do’s & Don’ts of Memoir Writing” at the San Diego Memoir Writers Association meeting on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. The meeting begins at 2.30 p.m. at      San Diego Writers, Ink … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 8. Information Dumps

Eighth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) INFORMATION DUMPS Reader feeder This typically occurs in dialogue when one character tells another character things that other character already knows, … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 3. Narrative Voice

Third element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) NARRATIVE VOICE Show, don’t tell—use active voice, not passive. I know you hear this all the time, but it doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 2. Content

Second element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) CONTENT All content and characters should have a story reason for being included in the book. If it doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 1. Structure

First element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision (Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) STRUCTURE How is your story organized, or not? Restructuring for clarity of story arcs and character arcs. By structure I … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision

INTRODUCTION This multi-part blog series grew out of my presentation to the San Diego Writers & Editors Guild on May 20, 2019. Drawing on my years of experience as an editor, I discuss structure, plot, content, narrative voice, characters, point … Continue reading

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Presentation: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision

Larry Edwards will present “Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision” at the May 20, 2019, meeting of the San Diego Writers & Editors Guild. This presentation on self-editing is not just for new writers; it’s also designed as a … Continue reading

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The War on Apostrophe

O, the much-embattled apostrophe, whose legacy is under fire in the English language, now faces an even greater, if not farcical, fight in Kazakhstan as folks become apoplectic. Is this apocalyptic? Or merely apocryphal? “Linguists . . . protested that the president’s … Continue reading

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Larry Edwards Joins Editors Panel at Memoir Writers Event

Freelance editor Larry Edwards, of Polishing Your Prose, will join a panel of editors at an event sponsored by the San Diego Memoir Writers Association. The event, The Who, What, Why, When and How of Working with an Editor, is … Continue reading

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On Writing: The Primrose Path to Prologue

The Prologue Question: To P or not to P? Should one choose to tread the primrose path to prologue, ’tis a dalliance I wish not to rede.* As a judge for the San Diego Book Awards, I recently read about … Continue reading

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