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Writer: Editing tips by Indie author Sylvia Stein:    As both an indie author and editor, I know how important it is to be able to work on the best possible manuscript.   This is why I am sh...
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New Release Thursday: The Novel Within by Lindsey Taylor

Hello, everyone, I am Indie Author Sylvia Stein and for today I am sharing a New Release my Author Lindsey Taylor.  Her novel is called the Novel Within.  

Here is a synopsis:

Alfreda Hitchthorn lives in a forest away from the city, tending to her home and well-being with minimal help from the outside world. A natural witch, Alfreda's magic just happens; however, as she attempts to lead a normal life with a family, marriage, and love, she's left scorned and defeated. To avoid being a lonely victim of circumstance, Alfreda throws herself into her life’s work: writing a novel about a young girl named Morna Stabes - who's not only the main character in the book, but also a slave to Alfreda's words. Her magic makes Morna real, but Morna soon realizes her life isn't her own and ventures off to find Alfreda, to take her life back by any means necessary.

A bit about the author: 

Lindsey Taylor has used her B.A. in Journalism for many freelance projects nationally and intern…

Editing tips by Indie author Sylvia Stein

As both an indie author and editor, I know how important it is to be able to work on the best possible manuscript.   This is why I am sharing a short editing lesson on today’s blog.
This is all taken from Chapter 1 Show and Tell, and this is taken from the book by Self-Editing for Fiction Writers:  How to edit yourself into print by Renni Browne and Dave King.

I will begin by showing a sample of this paragraph:
The conversation was barely begun before I discovered that our host was more than simply a stranger to most of his guests.  He was an enigma, a mystery.  And this was a crowd that doted on mysteries.  In the space of no more than five minutes,  I heard several different people put forth their theories — all equally probable or preposterous –as to who and what he was. Each theory was argued with the conviction that can only come from a lack of evidence, and it seemed that, for many of the guests, these arguments were the main reason to attend his parties.

In a sense, of course…

Editing: Sharing my first draft of Chapter 1 of Chasing Clarity from National Novel Month back in November 2013 and the Chapter 1 from the original Manuscript

Today I am showing all my readers the first draft that I wrote when I joined National Novel Month back in 


I wanted to show the progression I made from this first draft to what it became when I finally published on 

October 8, 2015. 

 Chasing Clarity by: Sylvia Stein 

clarity is the Clearness of thoughts.

Chapter 1 The longest day 

Mia Gerard awoke on the cold day in October struggling to get 

herself out of bed.  

She knew this moment would come but that did not mean that 

the pain would lessen. “ Come on Mia” she said to herself. “ I 

am sure that Leo would not want you to act this way! she 

exclaimed. However as she slowly got herself out of the bed she 

wondered if things would ever get back to normal without him.  

As she got herself in the shower she knew that this was going to 

be one of the longest days of her life. “ Dammit Leo!”she cried.  

“ I am not sure I am going to be able to stand it all!”  

Then as she layed crying out in her shower she began to look at 

the room all around h…

Writing tip: The Writer's Devotional Motivation

Today I am bringing you another Writing tip for the week.   I am going to try to bring you one each week on this blog.   For today I am using a new Book I just got in the mail not too long ago.   As an indie author I am always looking for ways on how to improve in my writing and it also helps with editing skills as well.

For this week I am focusing on an amazing book by Amy Peters entitled, " The Writer's Devotional 365  Inspirational Exercises, Ideas, Tips & Motivations or Writing.   

This is one amazing book as it states in the back on the book"  Hone Your Writing Skills, Whether you're writing fiction, composing screenplays or poetry, or simply trying to keep a invaluable volume will get your creative juices flowing.   These 365 inspiring recommendations, quotations by authors from the distant past as well the recent bestseller lists, exercises, and more intended to help you develop your own singular voice, gain confidence,  and keep writing. 

( The Writer'…

Writing tips with Author Sylvia Stein

Description and Setting

My name is Author Sylvia Stein and on this segment and on my blog post I want to talk about Writing tips for Writers and Authors.Every week I will be bringing you an important writing tip to help guide and develop on one’s writing.For example, for this week we will begin on On the book by author Ron Rozelle entitled, Description & Setting:Techniques and exercises for crafting abelievable world of people, places and events.
For today we are focusing on the difference between showing and telling p. 63 from Rozelle’s book,”
He uses a sample in which he writes, Consider this statement:
A good time was had by all.
Then Ron Rozelle goes a step further and he then goes onto talk about a passage from Toni Morrison’s novel Sula:
The following is an excerpt of Morrison’s novel:
Old People were dancing with little children.Young boys with their sisters, and the church women who frowned on any bodily expression of joy except (when the hand of God commanded it) ta…