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2 Tips for Professional-Looking Fiction

on March 1, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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The following come from my own mentors, most of them editors for publishing houses. I’ve found their advice to be solid gold, and these warnings have served me excellently as both a writer and an editor.

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Does Fanfiction Improve Writing? Part 2

on December 6, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Uncategorized
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I recommend writing fanfiction for people who need to work on their dialogue skills, pacing, and character development.

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Does Fanfiction Improve Writing? Part 1

on September 19, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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Despite its occasional bad rap, writing fanfic is a great way to improve your writing. I’ll go so far as to say that anyone looking to write original fiction can learn quite a few things from giving fanfiction a spin.

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3 Tips for Writing Better Dialogue

on April 14, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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Stories survive on their dialogue. Yes, there are some great novels with page after page of narration and description, and if you’re a future Nobel-winner wunderkind, more power to you. For the rest of us, it’s in conversations that characters primarily reveal themselves, interact with each other, and live out a story’s social life.

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Fanfic Fairness 101

on October 29, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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So how do you protect yourself and still share your work? It all comes down to common sense. Even if the fandom you’re working in is generally in the public domain, certain characters and situations may still be under copyright and therefore not available for your free use.

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What Is Fair Use?

on September 3, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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We’ve all had it drilled into our heads that we have to cite and reference everything in academic papers to avoid plagiarism. But fiction is different, isn’t it?

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What Tense Should I Use in Writing?

on August 3, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Professional Writing
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People are right to be confused because what tense you should use varies widely depending on your writing style and your purpose.

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Fiction Writing and Changing Narrators

on July 3, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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When we write, we act as God in the universes of our stories: creating and destroying our characters at will, judging and accepting, choosing cruelty and mercy. It’s quite the ego trip, really.

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Simple Secret to Writing a Great Story

on June 30, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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When you sit down to write and wonder where to begin, remember that many writers have asked themselves this question, and their answers all boil down to the simple elegance of: “A person in a place has a problem.”

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