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time sequencing and flashbacks

Before Sending a Manuscript To An Editor Part 3–Time Sequencing and Flashbacks

Note from the Editor: This third installment of Before Sending a Manuscript to an Editor series offers basic editing tips around time sequencing and flashbacks. For Part 1: Self-Editing Techniques Click here. For Part 2: Use of Time  Click here.

A writer can effect these tips to bring a manuscript to a higher level of finish before sending the piece off to a professional editor. In this section, I write about use of time: specifically, cause and effect time sequencing and flashbacks. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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redundant word usage

Redundant word usage

Redundant word usage is rampant!

As a writer, I am chagrined when words get misused and one particular miscreant is redundant word usage.

Here are examples:

1. “As I re-listened to these interviews again…”

2. “That just my personal opinion!”

3. “Repeat again…”

4. “As a child, I was raised by parents who…”

5. “a personal friend”

These are phrases and sentences that I read or heard today (in the space of one hour!) [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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Do Similes and Metaphors Scare You?

“I don’t quite know how to describe what I’m feeling,” you might say during your writing as you grope for a way to describe in words this emotion that is beyond words.

There is a solution to this dilemma that writers often resort to—but one too many are sure they can’t handle. It is the use of metaphors, similes, images, and symbols. These will bring your text to a level beyond words.

1. A simile is a comparison that uses like or as.

When you say, “Life is like a merry-go-round”, you are making a simile—even if it’s not a terribly original one. It’s a simile, too, if you write, “I’m busy as a bee.” In a simile, because of the use of like and as, it is clear that the writer is making a comparison. here is an example:

My love is like the red, red rose/That’s newly sprung in June, /My love is like the melody/That’s sweetly played in tune.   —Robert Burns

 

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Keep the “Me” in your Memoir

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Bookbaby Blog and is used with the permission of the author. She is currently podcasting Don’t Write Your MEmoir Without Me, chapter by chapter, from her website at http://www.memoirabilia.ca.  Keep the “Me” in your MEmoir Without the “me” in your memoir – the fragile and imperfect person who lived the events in your […]

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5 of 16 Reasons to Undertake Ebook Publishing

First 5 of 16 Reasons to Undertake Ebook Publishing [This is the first of three posts featuring reasons for including ebook publishing as part of your marketing options.] Are you making a mistake not planning to include ebook publishing in your publication schedule? People interested in independent publication ask me if they should publish their […]

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How to Begin a Memoir

Many writers agonize about just where to start a memoir. There are, of course, many places where a story can commence.

Why you need an ebook

Your writing is your work.

Your writing is your work: treat it as such! A couple weeks ago, I ran a blog interview with Peggy Kennedy whose memoir, Approaching Neverland depicts her early childhood the memoir of ‘s early life in a family where the mother was mentally ill. The next interview (October 28, 2016) will be with Cindy Doucette whose […]

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Writing My Memoir: Zero to Seventeen

Writing My Memoir: Zero to Seventeen / Life Lessons in Story Writing My Memoir: Zero to Seventeen / Life Lessons in Story I took my concern about leaving a legacy of my grandchildren’s stories and wrote a book. My three grandchildren and I had collected a memory list based on completing the sentence “Do you […]

There is a difference between proofreading and editing.

The Difference Between Proofreading and Editing

Writers who have written a good portion of their memoir will sometimes begin to wonder if it is time to hire a professional to work with them. At this stage, they may ask me, “What’s the difference between proofreading and editing? And, how do I know which one I need?”