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Editing 201 (New Class)

O.K., gang.

It has been a while since I threw in a new class, and I feel it is about time. Due to the success of things that happened at the end of the Anatomy of a Fight Scene Part 2 class, I am going to create a bunch of stuff that has errors in it. We are then going to read these, find the mistakes, discuss why they weaken the writing, and see what we can do to fix them.

This will be a great exercise for you to see what I look for, not only in my own work, but what I look for while I am editing other manuscripts.

Now, I named this Editing 201 because we are not going to look for the easy crap like misspellings, omitted words or punctuation. I feel anyone who is writing should at least know what those things are. We are going to be tackling issues like Author Intrusion, POV shifting, dangling participles, passive voice and passive sentence structure, balancing sentences, proper use of pronouns, setting a scene, building tension, balancing the first word of a paragraph, talking head syndrome, overwriting (which you hear me refer to all the time as "getting the most bang for your narrative buck), and much more.

If you don't know what some of the above are, or if you want to strengthen what you think you know about them, this is the class for you.

Two warnings. One: I won't lie, this stuff gets technical. Bring your thinking caps! Two: From now until Mid-September I am rarely in town. So, while I will have something laid out, I may not have this class 100% by the time we get together for it. Regardless, you will learn a ton, that I promise.

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  • JL E.

    This class offered some great insights on the art of language. Many thanks to Mr. Drake for his time!

    October 9, 2013

  • Sharron G.

    This was the first time I attended one of your classes. It was informative and helpful and you were hilarious! I loved it. Hope you got some sleep. ;;;;;;;;; oops should not use those.

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Entertaining and informative. The best way to learn. Very comfortable. Thank you. Hoping for more classes.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • James Patrick L.

    This class seemed as if it was made for me. It was rich with information that will help me in my writing, and thoroughly enjoyable. I got to attend with my daughter, Susan, who is probably a better writer than I am. She wants to know if you do any meetups in Orange County, California. She thinks there are people there who would be eager to attend.
    I am glad you enjoyed my painting and tickled that you have used it. It was a nice surprise to see it online.
    Again, great class, and I am very glad you are doing new classes. They are needed.

    October 7, 2013

  • T.C. C.

    Another great class! Thanks.

    October 6, 2013

  • Steve S.

    This was a good review of grammar and style necessary for professional writers.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Aileen Z.

    Did I miss the handout?

    October 5, 2013

  • James Patrick L.

    I think this class will be very helpful. I amlooking farward to this exercise...

    October 5, 2013

  • Tracy D.

    Looking forward to this!

    September 30, 2013

  • Aileen Z.

    If this is anything like the last class, "Show your story; don't tell your story," it'll be fabulous.

    1 · September 24, 2013

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