Hi guys! Sorry I missed my blogmas post yesterday—finals week is super hectic! But I’m back today with another writing-related post for both fiction and nonfiction writers and authors: here’s what your editor does not want to see.
Although we as artists may hate to admit it, all art (including storytelling) requires at least some structure. It’s as simple as the old, “you have to know the rules to break them,” theory. In the words of Jim Krueger, the former creative director for Marvel, “I don’t believe you can be creative without limitations”—there has to be a box if you want to think outside of it.
Telling stories is one of the most important things we do in our lives. We tell stories to sell products and make money, we tell stories for entertainment, and we even tell stories to help us teach difficult concepts and express abstract thoughts. Even those of us who don’t choose to be writers have to be storytellers—but as artists who make stories our livelihoods, we ought to be the best at it.
English is a particularly tricky subject, especially if you’re more of a science or math-y person. But don’t let this required general ed course be the bane of your GPA. If reading and writing aren’t your thing, or that 500-word essay is keeping you up all night—let me (the English major, total book nerd, and professional writer) help you out with some ways to overcome college English.
From editorials with no paragraph breaks to sentences with no verbs, there are a lot of writing mistakes that an editor can fix.
We’ll do all we can to help your writing. We can add punctuation, chapter breaks, and helping verbs; we can fix your grammar and correct your spelling—but there’s one feature of writing that we editors can’t (and won’t) fix for you.
Picture this: in a hammock, under the warm heat of the sun, with a cold drink, and a good book. Sounds amazing, right? But what to read?