• The Complete Guide to Eliminating Passive Voice

    The Complete Guide to Eliminating Passive Voice in Your Writing

    As an editor, I see nearly everyone using passive voice in their writing. While passive voice isn’t always wrong, it’s wordy and ineffective. It’s weak and doesn’t show any conviction or strength in your language. Quite frankly, it’s annoying – I don’t like trying to figure out the actor in a sentence and as an editor,…

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  • 4 Productivity Hacks for the Busy Blogger

    Four Productivity Hacks for Busy Bloggers - the strategies you need to get it all done

    Staying productive can be difficult, especially if you’re running a side hustle, a blog, working full time, or juggling any multitude of responsibilities. Even though you’re [hopefully] doing these things because you enjoy them, that doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time on work. Because I run a freelance business, a personal…

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  • Why Every Writer Needs a Writer’s Notebook

    I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with notebooks. Moleskines, compositions, spiral-bound, leather, it doesn’t matter! I’ve been collecting and using notebooks since I can remember, and while I’ve managed to rein in my collection over the last few years, I still have plenty of empty notebooks to use up. What’s a girl to…

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  • The Ultimate Character Questionnaire

    The Ultimate Character Questionnaire

    I’ve written about the basics of developing characters before, but this post is a more in-depth resource for character development. In this ultimate character questionnaire, I’ve compiled a list of questions, traits, and more to help you develop rich characters for your next novel, short story, or script. While not every question/prompt will be applicable to…

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  • Four Types of Editing Every Writer Needs to Know About

    Four Types of Editing Every Author Needs to Know About | Between the Lines Editorial

    You’ve finished your manuscript or draft and it’s time for editing. But did you know that there are multiple types of editing? What kind of editing do you need? This is dependent upon your skill level and the current state of your manuscript. Keep in mind that a manuscript typically requires several types of editing,…

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  • Why the Word “Very” Needs to be Banned

    Why You Must Stop Using the Word "Very" | Between the Lines Editorial

    “Very” is one of those words that editors hate seeing. And we get it, writers; we’re guilty of using it when we can’t think of a better way to say something. Wordsmithing is hard and sometimes our brains just run out of power, and that’s exactly why I’ve put together this blog post. Throw it…

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