Writing a novel: First or third person?

One of the key decisions you make when writing a novel is deciding what perspective, or point of view (POV) it…

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What Editors Look for (and Avoid) in Backstory

  Backstory is key to writing your story, creating engaging characters, and driving the plot forward. It…

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How to Write A Scientific Paper

What is a scientific paper? In this article, we’ll take a look at how to write a scientific paper. After reading the…

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Tips For Outlining a Novel

Authors have various methods when it comes to writing a novel. Some are Pantsers, or those who write by the seat of…

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What To Do After You Proofread Your Dissertation

Any student working toward an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree will have to write a dissertation, which…

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Advice for first-time novel writers

Getting started on a novel for the first time can be a daunting process. Or is it? Perhaps we should rephrase that to,…

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Creative Writing Advice from Joanne Lane

My name is Joanne Lane, and I am one of the editors at FirstEditing. Before dipping my toe into the world of…

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What Editors Look for in an Epic Fantasy

  Professional editors look for specific themes and structure in epic fantasy adventure. Fantasy has many…

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Research Methods

Research methods are strategies employed by researchers to solve a problem under study in a scientific manner. There…

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Our Editing Services

If you’ve been around the publishing or writing field long enough, you’ve probably heard of our editing services at…

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How to find the right nonfiction editor for you

With publishing houses overwhelmed and the resulting explosion of self-publishing taking place, some authors may need…

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Strong Thesis/Dissertation Statements To Consider When Writing

What is a Thesis Statement? Thesis statements are found right at the start of a thesis or dissertation, usually in the…

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What to do when you’re stuck in your research

If you ever find yourself stuck in your research project, there’s no need to panic⎯we can make use of many…

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Creative Writing Advice

My name is Dr. Jeff, and I am one of the editors at FirstEditing. Before my editing career, I was an academic,…

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Location Split – Improve Your Story Writing

Location Split - Improve Your Story Writing https://youtu.be/CyDP9sL7cGw Location split just means that a location…

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Why Should I Pay For a Professional to Proofread My Work?

We’ve all felt it; that cringe in sympathy for a coworker who sent out a very important email to the whole team,…

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Is There a Formula for Writing Fiction?

Most fiction writers have an image of themselves in their favorite writing nook, comfy, beverage of choice nearby,…

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How to Structure a Thesis

The term “thesis” comes from the Greek θέσις, meaning “something put forth,” and refers to an…

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Emotional Impact – Improve Your Story Writing

Emotional Impact - Improve Your Story Writing https://youtu.be/X2ek-8e3QU8 Whether you’re a fiction writer or…

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10 Red Flags From Editors

When seeking a professional editor, you need a partner for your manuscript. Many freelancers claim that they have…

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Sense of Touch

In this chapter, Kristina Stanley from Fictionary joins JoEllen Nordstrom to talk about the sense of touch in fiction…

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What to Look for in a Fiction Editor?

The recent changes in the publishing industry, such as the advent of self-publishing, have presented a number of…

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The Difference Between Fiction and Non-fiction Writing

Fiction and non-fiction are the two most bandied words used to describe literature. If you’ve ever struggled to get…

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Sense of Taste

In this episode, Kristina Stanley from Fictionary joins JoEllen Nordstrom as we go through the next element, the sense…

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