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Kristen Stieffel
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Last time I wrote briefly about how to give and take critique. To go a little deeper, we have to understand that the role of critique partner is different from the role of editor. A developmental editor often will help a writer shape the theme or concept…
Last time I wrote briefly about how to give and take critique. To go a little deeper, we have to understand that the role of critique partner is different from the role of editor. A developmental e...
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You know I’m not usually one for these “Number of Things” articles, but this is something I repeat so often—because I really believe it—that I figured it was an appropriate follow-up to the Elements of Fiction series. You’ll find plenty of advice about…
You know I’m not usually one for these “Number of Things” articles, but this is something I repeat so often—because I really believe it—that I figured it was an appropriate follow-up to the Element...
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I had a great group at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach today for the Edit Like A Pro: Elements of Fiction workshop. I brought 20 handouts and ran out, so I guess I had about 30 eager writers there. So for those who didn’t get a handout,…
I had a great group at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach today for the Edit Like A Pro: Elements of Fiction workshop. I brought 20 handouts and ran out, so I guess I had about 30 eager w...
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Avily Jerome on why THAT story is part of the problem:
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Dumb Spammer of the day: "CONTACT QUEEN'S ELIZABETH AUTHORIZED PAY MASTER OFFICE HERE IN LONDON."

I suspect Queen Elizabeth's pay master knows how to use an apostrophe and writes e-mails without shouting.
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You may write the most brilliant story with the most sympathetic characters, but if your manuscript is full of spelling errors and typos, you will struggle to find readers. ☐ Spelling is correct. English spelling is notoriously difficult. It is rarely…
You may write the most brilliant story with the most sympathetic characters, but if your manuscript is full of spelling errors and typos, you will struggle to find readers. ☐ Spelling is correct. E...
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"…if you make a habit of choosing the best deal over the best people, don’t be surprised when you can’t attract the talent you want…"
It started out so well! But then, this type of thing often does. I met with a prospective client who wanted to start working with me. It was potentially a long-term gig; nothing I was in love with, but vaguely interesting. He communicated so much enthusiasm for my work, was quite bubbling over it – call me corn on the cob, because I was getting buttered up. And then we got to specifics. He really wanted to work with me – really, oh really – but c...
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The second item on my list of The Three Best Things You Can Do for Your Writing Career was “Join a Writers Group.” Not all writers groups offer critiques, but even those that don’t usually provide a forum where, once you get to know people, you can invite…
The second item on my list of The Three Best Things You Can Do for Your Writing Career was “Join a Writers Group.” Not all writers groups offer critiques, but even those that don’t usually provide ...
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Q: I took your Elements of Fiction seminar and read the blog posts and I’ve gone through the checklist. Now what? How do I know when to hire an editor or writing coach?   A: When you feel stuck, or when you’re ready to go. If you’ve worked through the…
Q: I took your Elements of Fiction seminar and read the blog posts and I’ve gone through the checklist. Now what? How do I know when to hire an editor or writing coach?   A: When you feel stuc...
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We’ve made our way through the whole Elements of Fiction Editing Checklist. Now there are two vastly different errors writers can fall into. The first is thinking you’re done. If you are working on your first—or even second or third—novel, one or even two…
We’ve made our way through the whole Elements of Fiction Editing Checklist. Now there are two vastly different errors writers can fall into. The first is thinking you’re done. If you are working on...
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Style is one of those words that has too many meanings to keep track of. I once narrowly avoided attending a conference workshop on “personal style” when I found out that it was actually about clothing and makeup and such. Style as part of your appearance…
Style is one of those words that has too many meanings to keep track of. I once narrowly avoided attending a conference workshop on “personal style” when I found out that it was actually about clot...
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Last time I noted that there are lots of misconceptions about what constitutes “grammar.” There are also lots of misconceptions about what constitutes “rules” of writing. Adverbs modify verbs is a rule. Don’t use adverbs is a nonrule. You may use adverbs,…
Last time I noted that there are lots of misconceptions about what constitutes “grammar.” There are also lots of misconceptions about what constitutes “rules” of writing. Adverbs modify verbs is a ...
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Writer, editor, and writing coach
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    2010 - present
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    News Assistant, 2001 - 2011
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Everyone has a story…I can help tell yours.
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  • Santa Barbara City College
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The folks at Coggin's service department always take very good care of me and my Civic, even though I'm brutal to my vehicle. Had a bit of a wait the last time I came in to pick up my car, but not too bad. Better than at a lot of places. I was a little put off by the sign at the desk that said "See your adviser for assistance," because I'm thinking, how am I supposed to know where he is? Finally someone asked if I had been helped and I said no and gave her my adviser's name. Turns out it was his day off. So that sign was kind of useless. Still, she took care of me and got me checked out speedily enough, and my car is in great shape. There was a lot of work to do on it, and they did it in a reasonable amount of time and even threw in a car wash and new wiper blades, which I really needed but hadn't thought to ask for.
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reviewed 3 months ago
Beautiful hotel. Courteous staff. The breakfast is fabulous. The only downside—hardly worth knocking off even half a star—was no 24/7 coffee service in the lobby. But there's coffee and tea in-room, so that's OK. I just wanted another cup when I was leaving at 4 a.m. The atrium was a great place to sit and work awhile. I even found a power outlet. ;)
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I love it when there's a car rental desk at the hotel. So convenient. The folks at Enterprise were very helpful and friendly. I had the car for five days, but they recommended a weekly rate because it worked out to cost less than the daily rate. Also, they didn't charge me a drop fee even though I picked the car up at the hotel in Santa Ana and dropped it off at LAX. I am a very happy customer. :)
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