tips for writers Archives - Joanna Campbell Slan

How to Edit Your Work

The ability to edit your own work is incredibly important. For obvious reasons, editors prefer authors who can turn in clean copy. Beyond lightening an editor’s workload, there are other reasons that you need to be good at editing–it’s your name on the book! Over the years I’ve picked up great ideas for editing. Here’s […]

What to Do When You Get Stuck While Writing Your Book

By Joanna Campbell Slan When folks complain of “writer’s block,” they’re often complaining that they’ve gotten stuck. Or that they just don’t know what to write next. That can happen to any of us. Maybe you know how your book will begin. You might also know how it ends. But what will you do to […]

How Anyone Can Improve His or Her Writing Almost Instantly

By Joanna Campbell Slan School has started, and your child may be one of many who struggles with written assignments. Or perhaps you, yourself, are going back to school. Or maybe now that your kids are off to classes, you’ve decided to get down to the business of writing that book you’ve been meaning to […]

Things That'll Keep You Unpublished

Probably the LAST thing I should be doing with my time today is writing a blog post. Nevertheless, I am compelled to share what I’m learning. See, I’m judging a contest for writers, new and hopeful authors. There’s a wonderful set of criteria which guides me. Very helpful. Very insightful. But mainly, I’m calling upon […]