5 Tips For Catching Errors in your Manuscript

Written by Brent Sampson

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3 - Read your manuscript backwards.

Backwards reading isrepparttar antidote to "cerbrainiumitis" because a critical view ofrepparttar 142193 English language cannot be corrupted byrepparttar 142194 flowing exposition you've massaged into sparkling prose. When you read your manuscript backwards, it's just a bunch of words, and those mistakes literally jump offrepparttar 142195 page.

4 - Read your manuscript out loud.

When you're forced to sayrepparttar 142196 words your brain is forced to slow down and concentrate onrepparttar 142197 material. Bonus - you may discover stumbling blocks like awkward sentence structures and choppy dialogue when hearing your book read aloud.

5 - Userepparttar 142198 right kind of publisher.

What do you do when that 5,000 print run costs $10,000 and features a grave error that cannot be dismissed? Your best recourse upon discovering an error is typically a sticker and a sense of humor. But a publisher that allows you to revise your book after publication (for a reasonable fee) means you're never stuck with your blunders.

Brent Sampson is the President & CEO of Outskirts Press Publishing at http://www.outskirtspress.com and author of Publishing Gems: Insider Information for the Self-Publishing Writer. Information at http://outskirtspress.com/publishinggems

Systematic Poetry Techniques: Part Two

Written by Steve Gillman

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You can create poetry by listing words most likely to result in decent poems. Look for emotional content, for example. "Love" or "worship" have more poetic potential than "like," right? Scan a book, pick out powerful words, and write them down. You may want to write words that rhyme with them alonside. Then start using them.

Say something dramatic, like "I sing of death," or "Your eyes called out." Try to let it come from somewhere deep inside you. Then start explaining what it might mean. This will almost certainly give you material for a poem.

Play with short verses, long verses, rhyming and non-rhyming poems. Try haiku. Try writing down your thoughts as fast as you can, without stopping. Don't worry about quality at this point. You just need to get that creative mind working. Then, when you find gems in allrepparttar dirt, you can start polishing them.

Steve Gillman has been playing with poetry for thirty years. He and his wife Ana created the game "Deal-A-Poem," which can be accessed for free at: http://www.dealapoem.com

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