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You’re done! The story you have been working on for months has been double spaced and printed, your characters have succeeded or failed in achieving their goals, all plot holes have been filled, you’re good to go! Now… time to proof.

Let it sit
Reading the same lines over and over makes you oblivious to errors. Put the story in a drawer for a while. Come back to it with fresh eyes.

Print it out
You’ll be surprise how many mistakes you catch on paper that you missed on the screen.

Use large font
Maybe not for your novel, but the font size for your short stories can be increased to help enlarge your errors.

Read your work backwards

This will force you to look at each word individually.

Read it out loud
This is really helpful in terms of rhythm. Does your story have a variety of sentence lengths?

For other proofing tips, visit Daily Writing Tips and Writing Forward

Good luck!

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Writing Prompt: Horoscopes

Some bloggers post first lines as writing prompts while others use objects. I’ve been reading my local free paper and I think that horoscopes can inspire some very interesting stories… Choose from one of the three listed here and see where it takes you.

You won’t take kindly to others telling you what to do. Anyone who thinks they can order you around is going to find that you are in no mood to take it. There should be only one person calling the shots now – you.

This is unlikely to be an easy day but it can be profitable. If someone in a position of authority challenges you to do better you must take up that challenge, no matter how unfair it appears to be.

You may find it hard to admit you were wrong about something but you have no choice. If you had been found out for playing fast with the truth, admit it and promise not to let it happen again.

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Writing Quotes

A lot of writers look to inspirational quotes to get them through a rough patch. I like the funny ones, myself.


If you are having difficulties in a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it. – H.G Wells.

I write at high speeds because boredom is bad for my health. It upsets my stomach more than anything else. I also avoid green vegetables. They’re grossly overrated. – Noel Coward.

My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably. – George Bernard Shaw

Beware of the man who denounces women writers; his penis in tiny and he cannot spell. – Erica Jong.

It is a great relief to me to know that I can actually be creative and be happy at the same time. – James W. Hall

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Fantasy Faction Writing Contest

Fantasy Faction has been a favourite site of mine for a while. It has articles, interviews, reviews and it’s completely devoted to fantasy. (I do like a bit of sci-fi now and then, but it’s odd that the two genres are always paired together)

In addition, there’s a forum page which hosts discussions, a book club and… a monthly writing contest!

Bon Chance!

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