Q&A with editors. Part 2: What advice do editors have for writers?

Here is the second part of useful information from our beloved editors. Let’s get acquainted with valuable insights that can benefit writers.

Start with a Strong Opening

Begin your story with an interesting or surprising event or situation that will grab the reader’s attention and make them want to keep reading. This can be anything from an action-packed scene to a thought-provoking question or observation. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something that will make the reader want to find out more. A strong opening will set the tone for the rest of the story and ensure that your reader is invested from the very beginning.

Revise and Edit

When revising your writing, start by reading it through from start to finish, looking for any major issues such as plot holes, inconsistencies, or unclear sections. Once you’ve identified any major issues, work on resolving them one by one. After that, move on to smaller issues such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Finally, read your writing out loud to catch any errors or awkward phrasing that you might have missed while reading silently. Don’t be afraid to make significant changes if necessary. With careful revision and editing, you can make your writing stronger and more polished.

Show, Don’t Tell: This is a key rule of storytelling

Instead of telling the reader what is happening in your story, show it to them. This means using descriptive language to paint a picture in the reader’s mind, rather than just stating facts or events. For example, instead of saying “he was angry,” describe his clenched fists, the way he paced back and forth, or the way his voice rose in volume. By showing instead of telling, you’ll engage your readers and draw them into the world of your story.

Structure your Story

It’s important to structure your story so that it flows logically and is easy to follow. This means organizing your story into a beginning, middle, and end, and making sure each section is clear and focused. A well-structured story will make it easier for the reader to follow and understand and will help to create a sense of tension and suspense. We also advise writers to pay attention to the pacing, plot development, and balance between action and character development. Make sure each scene serves a purpose and advances the story.

Character Development is Key

Character development is a crucial part of any story, so, take the time to develop your characters in a way that feels realistic and believable. Give them a backstory, personality traits, likes and dislikes, and other details that make them seem like real people. This will make it easier for readers to relate to your characters and become invested in their journey. When your characters feel fully realized, your story will be much more compelling.

Seek Constructive Feedback

Don’t be afraid to share your work with trusted beta readers, critique groups, or writing partners. Getting constructive feedback can help you identify weaknesses and areas for improvement that you might overlook. Be open to criticism, and use it to improve your writing. Remember, constructive feedback is meant to help you grow as a writer, so don’t take it personally.

Know Your Genre and Target Audience

Before you start writing, it’s important to know your genre and target audience. This will help you craft a story that is tailored to a specific group of readers. For example, if you’re writing a romance novel, your target audience might be women aged 18-30 who enjoy reading about love and relationships. Knowing this will help you choose the right tone, style, and plot for your story. Once you know your genre and audience, you can make sure your story is tailored to their interests and preferences. To achieve this, you need to read widely in the Genre and Write Down Important Moments. Familiarize yourself with the popular works in your genre.

Develop a Thick Skin

The publishing process can be tough, and rejection is a part of the journey for many writers. We suggest developing a thick skin, being open to constructive criticism, and using rejection as an opportunity to grow and improve your work.

Avoid common writing mistakes

To avoid common writing mistakes, proofread and revise your work thoroughly. Look out for spelling and grammar errors, inconsistencies in tense or point of view, and unclear or verbose sentences. Don’t be overly wordy or use too many adverbs—avoid cliches and overused phrases. Third, avoid info-dumping or lengthy exposition.  By avoiding these mistakes, you’ll make your writing stronger and more engaging.

We recognize that the difficulties that writers face can be disheartening and that the journey to publication can be a long and winding road. However, we urge you to continue writing and to never give up on your dream of sharing your story with the world. Your unique voice and perspective are essential, and your writing has the power to make a difference in the lives of others. Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back—persevere, and your hard work will pay off.

Keep on writing😉


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