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Inventing Reality Editing Service
Hudson, WI
Rob Bignell, Editor
Interests: Editing, Self-Publishing, Writing, Marketing
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Science fiction stories typically revolve arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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The opening page of your story always should include your protagonist’s intentions, meaning the step he plans to take to deal with the story’s main problem. Suppose the problem of our story is that a character possessing some special gift must avoid capture by a nefarious person seeking to control... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“Writing is like digging yourself out of a pile of crap but then the pile covers you again and you have to write your way out of it again.” - Charles Bukowski “The first draft reveals the art; revision reveals the artist.” –Michael Lee “You never have to change anything... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Writers who are perfectionists usually procrastinate, waiting for inspiration to magically strike so they can create the perfect work. Unfortunately nothing ever gets written, or at least finished, because they’re rarely in that inspired state to create a perfect manuscript, let alone a perfect paragraph or sentence. Unfortunately, telling an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Every word counts when you write text for the web. The moment readers have difficulty following you or are no longer engaged is the moment they click to another website. Because of this, you must focus on achieving readability and the right tone. Readability is how easily visitors to your... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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• Common questions about publishing ebooks • Distribute ebook on variety of ereaders, tablets • Pros and cons of using Smashwords for ebooks Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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When writing an academic paper, you’ll undoubtedly have to provide in-text citations, which credit the information’s source. This shows you are not plagiarizing and allows readers interested in the cited research to more easily locate it for their own follow-up reading. If writing your paper in APA style, there are... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Science fiction stories typically revolve around a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Merely presenting a protagonist who will solve the story’s main problem the isn’t enough. Instead, you need to give reasons why the protagonist would even want to do so. Usually authors offer external motivations– it’s his job, he needs to save his loved one, lots of people will die. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“There is only one thing that you write for yourself, and that is a shopping list.” - Umberto Eco “...never assume you're the master, only the student. Your audience will determine if you're masterful.” - Don Roff “The writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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• 30-Day Challenge • Do what you love • I regret nothing I write • So long as I write, I’ll never truly be gone • Make a difference in your writing for the better • Good writing is a conversation that needed to take place • BONUS: “...it’s impossible... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client who’s been featured on CNN and in The Huffington Post has published her first book. Alexcis Lopez’s From Anxious to Awesome posits that millions suffer mental, emotional and physical ailments simply because they possess unresolved feelings. Unfortunately, they remain unresolved – often for years – because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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• Consider organizing short stories into fix-it novel • Should I copyright my manuscript? • Publish your short stories in an anthology • Consider adding artwork to interior of your book • Do you need a manuscript editor? • Design a back cover that sells your book Professional Book Editor:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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• Ensure vs. assure vs. insure • Farther vs. further • Mould vs. mold • Than vs. then • Tiptoe vs. tip-toe Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread or edited before submitting it can prove invaluable. In an economic climate where you face heavy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Science fiction stories typically revolve around a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or space stations with artificial gravity; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A recent editing client, Gina DeWink, has published her first science fiction novel, "Time in My Pocket." When Liza Anderson looks into a locket's mirror, she suddenly finds herself in a younger woman's body in 1947. Believing she has traveled more than 60 years back in time, Liza comes face... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“I suspect that most authors don't really want criticism, not even constructive criticism. They want straight-out, unabashed, unashamed, fulsome, informed, naked praise, arriving by the shipload every fifteen minutes or so.” - Neil Gaiman “Better (to) put a fox in a henhouse than to ask an author to judge his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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• Visualize your story • Apply some techniques • When you are creative? • Collect great quotations • Volunteer your skills • BONUS: “I meet far too many people who are going to be writers ‘someday.’” - Robin Hobb Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Marketing your book can become a full-time job that yields few immediate results. This cuts into your limited writing time – and you still need to work, raise your family, and maybe even attend school. The best solution is to develop a marketing plan and then limit your work on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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A long-time editing client of mine has published her second novel. F.J. Stevens’ “What's Done In The Dark” is the second installment in her James Girls series. Picking up two years after the first book ends, Brenda has wed her attorney and settled into a lavish new life in suburbia... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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How you spell this word depends on where you live in the English-speaking world. Well-being as a hyphenated word is the preferred form in the United States and Canada. Wellbeing as one word with no hyphens is the standard spelling in the United Kingdom, Australia and other English-speaking countries outside... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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Science fiction stories typically revolve around a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that becomes “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or a space station with artificial gravity; it also can be hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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An old but essential writing adage is “Start your story in the middle.” That is, rather than give background information about how the story’s main conflict came to be, instead start it by dropping the reader right into the hornet’s nest. This technique is called in medias res, a Latin... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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“‘I make them up,’ I tell them. ‘Out of my head.’” - Neil Gaiman “Ideas aren’t magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down.” - Lynn Abbey “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” - Ernest Hemingway “Some moments are nice,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service
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• Ask key questions • Set steps for your goal • Approach story sideways • Be okay with imperfection • What will be your legacy? • BONUS: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” - Joan Didion Professional Book Editor: Having your novel, short story or nonfiction manuscript proofread... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Inventing Reality Editing Service