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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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  • Aileen Z.

    Valuable class. Needs some tweaking.

    October 15, 2013

  • Nita O.

    Good information to use for future writing endeavors.

    October 14, 2013

  • Dawnyale H.

    Excellent class.

    October 11, 2013

  • Dawnyale H.

    Wow Mary it's kinda late; I'll be there but I like the 4:45 pm time. Oh well.

    October 7, 2013

  • Mary C.

    Dawnyale, I wrote this a while back. Since then I've learned the class is at 5:30. :)

    October 7, 2013

  • Dawnyale H.

    Mary I think it's at 4:45pm; I' not sure why its listed at 530pm; doesn't give him enough time to lecture and have Q&A.

    October 7, 2013

  • Mary C.

    My calendar shows a class with Drake at 4:45 on Oct. 7th. Did I miss something, or is it a back to back class?

    September 3, 2013

  • Bernadette Q.

    Looking forward to this class. But as always, you will learn and even relearn things that you thought you were applying correctly. That's a plus for those of us who never want to stop and are eager to learn more!

    September 3, 2013

  • Aileen Z.

    I'm looking forward to the Editing Classes. Looks like a challenge, but a valuable one.

    July 12, 2013

  • Tracy D.

    Heck yea!!

    July 12, 2013

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