EditingGrammar/StyleSavvyBlog

Fatty Sentences—or Reducing Prepositional Phrases by Franca Pelaccia

Has an editor recommended you tighten your sentences by reducing excess fat? Have you wondered how when you edited to the bare bones? Think again. Among other things, you may have a case of superfluous prepositional phrases. Deleting them won’t damage the beauty and flow of your well-thought and over-revised sentences or the overall plot. …
EditingGrammar/StyleSavvyBlogVoice

Filler Words to Remove From Your Novel By Meg LaTorre

All writers want their prose to read smoothly and have the reader fully engaged without being pulled from the story due to an overabundance of unnecessary words that make sentences read clunkier. These unnecessary words are often referred to as “filler words.” Filler words aren’t necessarily “bad” words, and they have their place in the …
Classes & WorkshopsCraftGrammar/StyleMarketing and PromotionPOVSavvyBlogTension/PacingVoice

Do you filter your fiction? by Robb Grindstaff

What is a filter, and why is it bad? First, I’ll point out (as I frequently do) that I don’t believe in hard and fast rules that say, ‘Never do this’ or ‘Always do that.’ But there are writing techniques that can help your writing become more engaging to readers. One of those writing techniques is …