Editing Tips for Writers

Writers the world over nod when hearing what Hemingway said: “The only kind of writing is rewriting.” Rare is the first draft of anything ready to unleash on the public. Writers continue to rely on skilled, professional editors to catch mistakes and add that final sheen to a manuscript. And while self-editing your work will never replace working with an actual editor, there are basic steps to take that will lead to stronger drafts. Also, technology can assist via editing software that helps tweak your writing.

Sign-up for our upcoming class, Self-Editing Tips for Writers, on Wednesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. You’ll walk away from the program with many ways to take your writing project further.

Also, Studio 300 provides free access to the premium ProWritingAid app. This cloud-based software makes numerous suggestions, catches errors, offers grammar tips, and magnifies common problems–many of the areas a real-life editor would address. To use the full version, stop by Studio 300 and we’ll log you in. Then, paste in your text and run the ProWritingAid reports to start making a real difference in your writing.

NaNoWriMo @ FPLD

Download the newsletter about all the activities for writers here at FPLD.

Are you a writer? Fountaindale Public Library has several upcoming classes, workshops, and events just for you. Download the PDF newsletter for details. Here is what’s in store for the Fall 2016:

NaNoWriMo Meetups

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Get an overview of the NaNoWriMo process, meet other writers, start planning for the big fall event, and then write, write, WRITE!

  • Get Ready: Thursday, September 22 , 7:00 p.m.
  • Pre-Launch: Thursday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.
  • Come Write-in: Sunday, November 6, 2:00 p.m.
  • Mid-month Check-in: Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • Come Write-in: Saturday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.
  • Wrap-up: Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.

Indie Author Day

An in-person and digital gathering with writers, agents, and other industry leaders featuring presentations for our Fountaindale writing community about all the tools available to use at the library. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for authors to connect.

  • Saturday, October 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Moving from Concept to Completed Manuscript

Mystery writer and former writing instructor Patricia Skalka discusses the three key elements of the novel and shows how to weave them together into a step-by-step road map of the story that takes you from start to finish.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.

Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages

Join author Carmela Martino to learn the “implicit promise” concept and four key elements to both improve your writing and please your readers.Don’t miss it!

  • Thursday, October 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Stories Matter

campgardenWrite your novel in 30 days! How? Other writers-people just like you!-from around the globe do just that as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

The official event begins in November, but this April you may dip your toe into the waters with a lighter “writer’s retreat” known as Camp NaNoWriMo right here at Fountaindale Public Library.

Camp NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Is that you? Sign-up today and join us for the program on these three dates:

All three programs will be at the Fountaindale Public Library, in Studio 300.Camper

BTW: Fountaindale Public Library will be hosting the November NaNoWriMo event, too. Sign-up for this Spring “taste” and see where your writing might take you. Then, get ready for the Fall!