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The Beacon Blog for Writers · 9M ago

Creative Nonfiction: A Tricky Business (Part Two)

This is part two of our professional editor's posts about CNF. It explains the dilemmas authors face writing in this genre that straddle facts and fiction, sometimes uncomfortably. Have a re...
The Beacon Blog for Writers · 9M ago

Creative Nonfiction? An Oxymoron?

This week's post, as well as next week's, are again from our professional editor, Joyce Gram. Creative nonfiction or CNF is difficult to define, but is wonderful for readers. Neither scholar...
The Beacon Blog for Writers · 10M ago

Losing Interest in Your Book

I go through a phase I heartily detest when I'm writing a book. After I've finished the first draft, I start losing interest about one third into the revision process. My self-talk gets nega...
The Beacon Blog for Writers · 10M ago

Writer Meets Editor or Agent

This week the Surrey International Writers' Conference gets underway. If you're attending, this post is for you!Conferences are rites of passage for most aspiring authors. We attend these ev...
The Beacon Blog for Writers · 10M ago

What Does an Acquisition Editor Do?

I wish I'd written this post about acquisition editors, but my writer friend and colleague, Joyce Gram did. I couldn't say it better myself.  Writers have to forearm themselves: You need to ...
The Beacon Blog for Writers · 10M ago

How Freelance Writers Can Add Value that Editors Can't Resist

(Courtesy: Netshark.com)In the last decade, freelancers have become content providers in a fast-paced, visual, and connected world. When demand for articles dropped when print periodicals sh...
The Beacon Blog for Writers · 10M ago

THE BIG PICTURE FOR WRITERS: Structural Editing

Professional editors also provide structural editing, also known as substantive or developmental editing, to authors. For me, this is one of the most useful tasks an editor can do, especiall...
The Beacon Blog for Writers · 12M ago

THIS WRITER NEEDS A BREAK!!

I'm a writer who is very project-oriented. I work flat out on one project until it's finished, then I take a break. Yes, it's tiring and my brain feels worn out today.Some writers work and t...
The Beacon Blog for Writers · 1Y ago

TRANSLITERATION: How to Use It as a Writer

I have been writing travel stories for about a decade now and often spatter a few words of the language of the country to add colour and enhance the sense of place in my articles. This habit...
The Beacon Blog for Writers · 1Y ago

WRITERS: The Difference between Style and Voice

Once more I turn to the wisdom of Joyce Gram, writer and editor. Style and voice are essential to creative writing, but elusive at the outset of a career. Again Joyce helps us out:Elizabeth ...