You've written a book of fiction. You want to make it the best it can be. ‘The Elements of Active Prose’ gives you pithy tips for improving your writing scene by scene, sentence by sentence. If you’ve ever wondered what is meant by the advice to ‘show, don’t tell’ you’ll find the answer here, along with reassurance that such advice is not something that must be slavishly adhered to. The book also includes guidance for beta readers, clarification of often misunderstood terms and misused punctuation, the main differences between US and UK English, and advice on developing a professional attitude, reviewing fairly, working with editors, and dealing with criticism.
Drawing on her considerable experience as a line editor and as a reviewer for the Awesome Indies, the author explains the influence various word usages have on the reader’s experience and points out traps to avoid if you want your writing to look professional.
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About the Author
Tahlia Newland has written and published eight books, three of which have won multiple awards. She writes inspirational and heart-warming magical realism and fantasy, and also makes masquerade masks and steampunk hats and accessories at http://tahliasmasks.com. Her wardrobe is full of steampunk clothing which she wears every day because beautiful clothes deserve to be worn. She works as an editor for AIA Editing and AIA Publishing, a selective, author-funded publishing company, and lives in an Australian rainforest with a lovely husband and two cheeky Burmese cats. All her major books have a Burmese cat in them.