Epic Fantasy, Writing Advice

How to honor your Editor

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Now that November is here, I figured I’d write a post on editing. Let me tell you, when I first began my publishing odyssey, I knew nothing about editing. Sure, I’d edit my own books, but that was it. I felt that spending money on editing was a waste.

How wrong I was.

Editors and beta-readers are a key component to the writing process. They act as a safety net, and find everything you miss when you self-edit. But finding an editor that is best for you isn’t easy. But it’s a journey worth embarking on. Let me explain.

I went through many editors. Some were mediocre, but most were subpar. Then I finally settled on one. An Irish Lady named Amanda, who lives with a mischievous little African Grey Parrot called Lilo. There were times when we argued, and I felt our working relationship wouldn’t last. Perhaps it was my fault. Who knows? I can be difficult sometimes when it comes to my work. But in the end, Amanda was the one, the best editor a writer could ask for. After all, how many editors end up becoming your friends?

And then there’s Lilo, who could ever forget Lilo? The repetitive little talking birdie who won my heart, and often serves as an example to me not to take myself too seriously.

So, the morale of this story is simple. If you find an editor that just feels right, by all means, grab onto them like dear life. Make sure to value them like a life preserver, because they’ll save your writing, trust me I know.

And if they own a talking birdie, well that just a bonus!

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Writing Advice

Helpful tips for a better Writing Life

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Don’t feel like Writing? Go Write. Had a bad day? Write. The dog pooped on your favorite couch? Write.

Get my drift? Like I tell people, I don’t believe in Writer’s Block. I do believe in pushing yourself to do it. But only if you want to.

Yes, there will be time when other events take precedence in your life: day job, family, friends, or whatever. But my point is there is never a “good” time to write, since anytime is is a “great” time to write.

Ya know?

Writing Advice

Here’s what Imagination can do for you!

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If by chance you’ve reached a roadblock in your writing, or any other artistic endeavor, consider this: your imagination exists for a reason. It is the culmination of all your life experiences, and the greatest source of power within each artistic.

Cull your dreams of grandiose and unrealistic expectations and delve deep within your mind, find the things that excite you, make you happy, sad, horny, etc. Take those emotions and combine it with a story that you see potential in, I can’t tell you anymore for this is your personal journey, your path to glory and self-discovery.

So go on and find your best writing, and don’t forget to bring your imagination.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and life. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.