Cleaning Up Your Copy

Written by Neroli Lacey

When you are beginning to write, you gather as much data as you can. You continually add allied thoughts. . You use your right brain,repparttar creative side.

So when you have an idea and your mind says, “not relevant to my core subject,” you ignorerepparttar 108100 doubt. You don’t cross anything out. You behave as magpie.

To polish your copy, you dorepparttar 108101 opposite.Here’s how: shutrepparttar 108102 door and banish distractions. Read your copy v e r y s l o w l y and concentrate.

Better still, readrepparttar 108103 copy out loud s l o w l y. If reading out loud is impractical sayrepparttar 108104 words to yourself soundlessly. The instant you sense “this shouldn’t be here,” cross it out.Trust your first judgement. Trust your first judgement.

What “shouldn’t be here?”. Any material that is superfluous, because you’ve said it before in a different way. Or because it is not central to your main argument.

You should be removing words as well as ideas. You want to communicate in as few words as possible. Shorter is better. Shorter is richer. Shorter is more bang for your reader’s buck. Short sentences are easy to read and understand.

If you are fond of a certain sentence, but you know deep down it is not relevant here’s a tip to help you excise. Create a heading atrepparttar 108105 end of your draft called “overmatter.” Whenever you are not sure whether to cut or leave a sentence, cut and paste it into overmatter.

Writer Wanna Be's

Written by Joyce C. Lock

Before my discovery ofrepparttar internet, in attempting to deal with Christian publishers, I came to realize what preachers have known for a long time. Many publishers userepparttar 108099 'Christian' name for a fast buck. Like others, they want to know who you know and everything else possible that might prove your book will sell onrepparttar 108100 merit of your name, only; without regard to what is actually insiderepparttar 108101 cover.

They, also, expect you to work so hard at your presentation thatrepparttar 108102 book is ready for publication before submitting. Though, most ofrepparttar 108103 time, it goes into a pile of manuscripts; to barely be skimmed, unless you have already developed a name.

In addition, publishers either want your writing to fit within their specific doctrinal guidelines or they wantrepparttar 108104 writing to be so non-controversial that all religions will accept it. All this is without consideration as to ifrepparttar 108105 Spirit is actually speaking throughrepparttar 108106 writing.

Poetry critiquers don't like me very well, either. Oh, wait! Maybe it'srepparttar 108107 other way around.

First, you write, in hope of meeting someone else's acceptance and approval. Talk about messing with your self-esteem, that will do it. You may have to spend money for them to even look at your writing. But when you do, you are almost assured they will tell you what you had hoped to hear ~ that your writing is absolutely wonderful!

You can pretty much guarantee that those who offer self-publishing will really love your writing, too. However,repparttar 108108 price for encouragement, on that level, is considerably higher.

Then, there are contests wherein expense is required, either to enter or to claim your prize. In other circles, we call it gambling.

Though, if you are otherwise accepted, you may be required to pay forrepparttar 108109 honor of having your writing listed among them. However, unless you tell all your friends, no one that knows you will ever see it. And, allrepparttar 108110 rest won't even remember your name.

Such as these take unfair advantage; manipulatingrepparttar 108111 heart strings of those whose dream in life is to, one day, be a writer. In fact, most such cons stay within legalized limits; but steal from your wallet, none-the-less.

I am not a writer wanna be. In fact, I'm not even a writer. I do not seek to become a writer. But, I could keep going with this skeptism as, when I do write it is with motivation and purpose. Maybe I just have a lot of issues. :)

What got me going, this time, was a shared link to a web site implying they were interested in original Christian writing submissions. However, in addition to all else, they suggested that if you wait forrepparttar 108112 Spirit's moving, you may never write. So, at that point, I was no longer annoyed but a bit ticked. Ifrepparttar 108113 Spirit isn't in it, it shouldn't be written. Shame on them!

When God inspires one to write, it does not need criticized. There are times when a different arrangement of words would read more smoothly. And, definitely, proofing helpsrepparttar 108114 reader to be able to better absorb content. However,repparttar 108115 intent in which God gave it should never be changed. God doesn't do anything inferior. Only, some take it upon themselves to think they know more than God.

But, also, as is really obvious whenrepparttar 108116 only accepted poetry submission is 'non-rhyming poetry', regardless of content, those have pre-determined what is good poetry while they look down uponrepparttar 108117 rest. That might be a good deal, to at least know what is expected. Only, no two critics agree on what good poetry is.

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