If you compare an author’s first book to their most recent one, you will likely see their writing style has improved in certain ways. They will have picked stuff up from their editor’s, and like any career, have learned stuff as they’ve gone alone.
Here are some things these author’s have learned from their editor’s:
‘Spelling of blonde for female, and blond for male. Also to avoid overuse of words such as ‘that, ‘was,’ ‘just,’ ‘began,’ etc…’ – S.Valentine, author of The Black Door trilogy. Her books can be found HERE.
‘Word culling has been the biggest curse / blessing that I’ve learnt.’ – Jaci Wheeler, author of the United Trilogy. Her books can be found HERE.
‘That characters do more than smirk and shake their heads.’ – Trinity Hanrahan, author of Pivotal Moments. Her books can be found HERE.
‘Not to overuse words such as, ‘as,’ ‘just,’ ‘but,’ ‘almost,’ – Christina Bergling. Info on her upcoming books can be found HERE.
‘Avoid head-hopping, and be vary of the differences in writing language from say Australia, America, the UK…’ – Rebecca Barber, author of the Swimming Upstream series. Her books can be found HERE.
‘Make every word count. If the sentences doesn’t move the plot forward, or build the character, scrap it.’ – Deborah Roach, author of Between The Bleeding Willows. Her books can be found HERE.
‘A list of things I’ve learned is here.’ – CK Brooke, author of Capturing The Captain. Her books can be found HERE.
‘WAS is a curse word in writing,’ – Carolyn LaRoche, author of When First They Practice To Deceive. Her books can be found HERE.
”Very’ and ‘just’ are sticky words that bog your sentences down. Avoid adverbs. Also POV should be about 600 words before you shift to another person to avoid whiplash/confusion on your readers.’ – RE Hargrave, author of The Divine Trilogy. Her books can be found HERE.
‘Avoid repetition of words in a paragraph, phrases on a page’ – Giles Batchelor
‘Farther for distance, further for everything else.
If you’re British and writing for an American audience, run that baby by a real American because you’re going to put in phrases that those people over the pond aren’t going to understand.
Making sure body parts don’t start moving independently and eyes don’t go roving up someone’s body. Gazes rove, eyes stay in the eye sockets.’ – Em Taylor, author of An American Cowboy In Scotland. Her books can be found HERE.
‘Don’t use sense words, like he ‘felt,’ she ‘saw.’ Instead, show, Show, don’t tell.’ – Vera Garnes Burris, author of Obedience. Her books can be found HERE.
‘Who’ not ‘that’ when talking about people. When in first person, the protagonist says, ‘I hear him laughing’ or ‘I see his fists clench’ or ‘I can see the anger in his eyes’ etc when, more often that not it’s much more powerful to erase the intermediary and just say ‘he laughs’, ‘his fists clench’, ‘there is anger in his eye’ etc. When writing POV first, it’s imperative that every I beginning sentence is truly required. She said to him”, “he told her” etc when there’s no need to direct the reader to who is being spoken to because there is just the two of them in the ‘ – Katie John, author of The Knight Trilogy. Her books can be found HERE.
‘The difference between gray and grey!’ – Ariel Marie, author of The Mirrored Prophecy series. Her books can be found HERE.
‘Avoid “was” or anything that is passive.’ – Allan Patch, author of Delphi’s Chosen. His books can be found HERE.
‘Don’t overuse exclamation marks. Over-use of phrases. Show don’t tell.’ – Allana Walker, author of Breaking Free. Her books can be found HERE.
‘Watch overuse of commas,’ – Jennifer Raygoza author of Nine. Her books can be found HERE.
‘Watch overusing words and the correct placement of period or comma around quotes. But probably the most resonating thing? After working with several editors, I’ve learned that the English langue is a bit fluid, and the “rules” are different depending on where and by who you were taught. Not to mention what decade and what form of writing you do. All these factors effect how people write.’ – Colleen Nye, author of Immersion. Her books can be found HERE.
‘What I have found (after11 books) is that editor’s are NOT always right. Some of them overuse semicolons and hyphens; some of them forget we authors DO research, and the last meal on the Titanic was roasted SQUAB (a game bird) and NOT squash.’ – Deborah D. Moore, author of The Reef Roamer. Her books can be found HERE.