How to Use a Word Cloud to Edit Your Draft

How to Use a Word Cloud to Edit Your Draft

Happy Monday and Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Today’s post I thought about doing another character interview. One from my next and final Foreseen couple following Jenna and Jason’s story. But then I remembered something from an online writing class I took around two years ago. It was hosted by author Joan Dempsey and was called Revise with Confidence.

She shared a myriad of revision tips like using a text to speech program. Set to an old, dreary drone voice to better pick up sentences that… don’t sound right. Flow. Hard to read. But my favorite revision tool was using a word cloud.

Why? Because it was simple and fun to use. As well as enlightening. Let me go the through the steps so I can show you its usefulness. Continue reading

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Final Tri-Annual Progress Report & 2018 Writing Plan

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Usually I’d post this during the final days of December, right before the New Year. Alas, December 31 was on a Sunday. And I’ve become a stickler in keeping with my posting schedule. So I compromised to have this post published right as the old year ends and the new year begins.

But before I start regaling you with my final progress report and 2018 writing plans, I just want to say…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Now, in 2017 I made a lot of plans. Some I was on goal, others I was not. In particular in not writing any new stories until at least I’ve completed one or two of my current  WIPs. But I did write 30 new poems in NaPoWriMo this past April. And I did get two poems, both written during NaPoWriMo, published in an online magazine.

Anyways, here’s a look at my writing progress from September to December. And what my writing plan for 2018 will be.

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Happy IWSG Day!- 2016 Writing Plans

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Happy IWSG Day! It’s December 2, the first Wednesday of a new month. And the final month of 2015. With a new year of possibility, triumphs and of course doubts awaiting for us in the new year just 29 days away. And who can we thank for bringing us together, year after year, as each one of us partake on our writing journeys? Ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh, of course.

After all, E.L. Doctorow said it best,“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  A trip made better with you along.

To find out more about the group and/or maybe even sign-up, click on the badge above. And don’t forget to check out the awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting: Sandra Hoover, Mark Koopmans, Doreen McGettigan, Megan Morgan, and Melodie Campbell!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

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5 Storytelling Tips to Complete Your Novel

It’s been a while since I’ve done an image content rich top 5. And so I couldn’t end January 2015 without one now could I? Today’s post features what I believe are the essential tips to finish your novel. And to writing a manuscript draft you can be proud of. So without further ado, here are the “5 Storytelling Tips to Completing Your Novel!”

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Write as if you’re in the story. I love the accompanying gif. It’s from one of my favorite scenes from “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Studio Ghibli. You have to watch it yourself to appreciate the scene with all its rich details. As if that world was so real you could touch it. You should approach building your novel’s world the same way. Just feel the wind on your face as you’re walking on air and across rooftops. Feel your heart race in excitement. Now break out your daydream superpowers and write it out as if you’re there. Write it like you’re seeing, smelling, touching, hearing and tasting it. Be as descriptive as you can (but without being too wordy).
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