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Inventing Reality Editing Service
Hudson, WI
Rob Bignell, Editor
Interests: Editing, Self-Publishing, Writing, Marketing
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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” - Stephen King “A good book is an event in my life.” - Stendahl “I love the smell of book ink in the morning.” - Umberto Eco “A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another.” - Rebecca Solnit “Read... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client of mine has published her first book. Nikki J. Goldman’s “Never Forgotten” asks a simple question: What if your entire life you felt that you were someone else – a different gender, born to different parents in a different country, where you learned to speak an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client has published her first book, which asks the question, “What does it mean for a woman to be in a ‘real relationship’ with a man?” In “Better Left Said: Diary of a Single Girl Turned Christian,” Amber Rhodes shows women how they can find an authentic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Virtually infinite ways exist to show a character’s personality, but all should follow one simple, guiding principle: It must reveal and be grounded in the character’s motivations, that is, what matters most to him. In the showing example from yesterday, Jane clearly places great value on caring for others (the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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All too often, novice writers make the mistake of telling us a character’s personality, as in Jane was sweet and elegant yet suffered from a penchant for dangerous adventures. Rather than tell her personality, the writer can more successfully raise reader interest by showing it – that is, inferring the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Sometimes when attempting to create tension and suspense in a story, writers can undercut their own efforts by adding “organ music.” A term coined at the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop, organ music us providing “details that countersink an emotional response before anything happens.” An example is crackling lightning before a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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No doubt about it, self-publishing is a formidable task – you’re editing, designing book covers, laying out the text in both paperback and multiple ebook formats, and marketing yourself. And that’s after you’ve actually written the book! Among the best aspects of self-publishing, however, is that you can learn how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Man vs. nature Your aging protagonists begins to suffer from a medical condition that usually only occurs in old age. As he enters a new chapter of his life, he develops deep bonds with new friends who come together solely because they share the same medical condition. How do they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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You’ve got a great plot, a fascinating protagonist, and an intriguing setting, yet for some reason every time you read your 100,000-word manuscript, it feels dull. The sentences simply don’t flow and sometimes feel unwieldy. The problem likely is wordiness – the use of a lot of words though fewer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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As a writer, you undoubtedly keep every one of your writings. You’ve got journals full of story ideas, descriptions and story outlines, you’ve got great lines and character names scribbled on scraps of paper, you’ve got file folders with printouts of stories in various stages of revision. Once you self-publish,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Other great quotations about writing style: “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.” - Gore Vidal “I’m not a very intentional writer... What I basically try to do is invite the zeitgeist in to tea.” - William Gibson “Your only responsibility... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Amazon.com Widgets Related articles Five Great Quotations about the Writing Process Writing Inspiration: Seek another's advice Writing Inspiration: Who are you? Make tables readable in your self-published book Four ways to write a great tweet that sells books Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client of mine has published his first book. Brian Cox’s “Tennis with God: My Quest For The Perfect Game And Peace With My Father” tells the true story of a globetrotting Foreign Service brat who travels with his family through hardship posts in Africa, Asia, South America,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“There was nothing glorious about the life of a writer or the life of a drinker.” - Charles Bukowski “Thoughts fly and words go on foot. Therein lies all the drama of a writer.” - Julien Green “Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.” -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Two recent editing clients of mine – George Le Fave and W.H. Auden Cheryl Pestor, a husband a wife team – have published their first children’s book. The lushly illustrated “The Journey to Whispering Gardens” takes children to a place where the myths and legends they were told are true.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Does placing said before or after attribution – as in Thales said or said Thales – matter? The answer in large part depends upon how it sounds in particular sentence. Given that, how a reader responds really is a matter of personal taste. Still – and this is grounded solely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Among the big mistakes novice writers make is they don’t allow their protagonist to solve the story’s central problem. A story always is structured around the main character overcoming some conflict that sets the tale in motion; this is the central problem. The bulk of the story focuses on how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Avoid using I in your nonfiction manuscript. There are several reasons why I is best shunned. First, readers probably are not as interested in your story as in your tips or message. You still can tell your story, just focus it so the reader can relate, and be quick about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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The moment you write – even if not a published author – you are a writer. The moment you stop, you cease to be one. And by “stop” I don’t mean pause for the day so you can sleep, cook or shower. I mean when you give up on writing,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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In the hands of a gifted writer, stories become extended parables, layered with symbolism and meaning that examine the many questions of human existence. While maintaining the best qualities of escapist literature, such stories transcend escapism in quality. I call them dramables – or dramatic parables – and have read... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A number of self-publishing companies exist, and most are rip-offs. Yes, they may turn out a quality-looking product, but they don’t get you an Amazon.com landing page for your title or you’re unable to sell your title across several platforms such as Kindle or Nook. Worse, they are extremely expensive.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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If you’re writing a nonfiction book for the first time, you’ll soon find that can’t rely on memory alone. Passion for and even expertise in a subject won’t be enough to carry the book. You will need to spend time researching it. Th The most important reason for doing so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Trust that your reader isn’t a moron. He’s got to have some brains – after all, he’s reading your book! Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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For as long as history records, people used stories to make sense of all that is. Ancient myths and epics often “explained” how something in nature originated or how to handle moral dilemmas. Today, we still tell stories to make sense of the universe, to connect with one another, to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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The second novel from an editing client who’s a former U.S. Army major general and college president has been released. Paul R. Lister’s “Enemies” marks a thoughtful political/military thriller about the rise of a new jihad in the Middle East. The Neo-Jihad is a well-funded and targeting specific military and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service