Category Archives: editing fiction

Book Review: The Story Cure by Dinty Moore

If you’ve written a novel or memoir but haven’t been able to get it quite right – something isn’t working and you’re not sure what – reach for The Story Cure (Ten Speed Press, 2017). In this uplifting and highly readable book, Dinty Moore, a.k.a. “the book doctor,” delivers on his promise to diagnose common problems […]
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A Review of Fiction Editing Courses

Over the past four years or so, I’ve taken three fiction editing courses online. Here are my thoughts and recommendations. Trade Books: Fiction (CDPB 306) Ryerson University From this seven-week course I learned how to read and think like an editor, not like an English major (which I was). The course provided an overview of the […]
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IF I WERE THE EDITOR…

The Master, by Colm Tóibín Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2004 In good novels, we experience an intimacy with characters that we don’t have with people in real life. I can’t get inside someone’s mind and know their thoughts and feelings, no matter how well I think I know the person. Even in close relationships, we […]
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Troubleshooting Short Stories … Slowly

  Writing is one of the few human endeavours where it is possible to be better than you are. — Fred Stenson It is possible, through editing. Writers, according to author and mentor Fred Stenson, fall into two camps: those who like revising, and those who don’t. Stenson confesses in his book Thing Feigned or Imagined: […]
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A Handbook Worth Having at Hand

There is a glut of books on the market about how to write fiction, but only a handful on editing fiction. There are a gazillion books on how to fix the mechanics of language, but few on the more creative work of structural editing. Barbara Sjoholm’s handbook, An Editor’s Guide to Working with Authors (Rainforest […]
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