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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2017 12:52:51 AM

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If you want to see your story published on its first submission, here are some tips:

Read the site guidelines to make sure your story is compliant.

Do not depend on spell check to edit your story. Read it carefully to check your spelling because spell check will allow misspellings that are words, often with hilarious results, e.g. I put my arms around her waste.

Format your story into paragraphs of about four sentences or where the narrative should logically break. All dialogue should be formatted into separate paragraphs each time someone speaks. A mass of prose with few or no paragraph breaks will be returned to you.

Read your story paying attention to where you pause. There should be a comma there if it is a phrase or a full stop if it is a complete thought.

Read the Writer's Resources about the use of apostrophes if you are not sure. They are not used to form plurals unless to signify possession for a plural. They are used either for contractions or to signify possession. Read the resources for other punctuation marks to know that you are using them correctly.

Do not overuse exclamation marks. They lose their power if used in every other sentence.

Check your verb tense throughout your story to be sure it is consistent. Many submissions have tense shifts from past to present and back again.

Take a look at the proper form for punctuation, formatting, and capital/lower case letters for dialogue in published stories and follow that example in your story.

Do not use text speak/emoticons in your story or short forms like &, or ok, or lbs. Use the entire words.

Express all numbers in your story as words unless they refer to measurements or the time of day. Remember the hyphens for age, e.g. 18-year-old. Numbers may never start a sentence or paragraph, whatever they describe. In these cases they should always be expressed as words.

Your title should not be formatted in all caps and should not include text speak or emoticons. Do not repeat the title in the body of your story. Notes to the reader should be at the end of your story.

Please do not expect that you can spend an hour putting your thoughts in writing and that it will be published.
That could happen, but probably won't

Walk away from your story for a few hours, or as long as a day. When you keep rereading your story, you see what should be there because you know what you have written. Time and distance will give you the perspective to see your mistakes.

Take the time to read the resources available on all aspects of writing in the writers' forum. They will help you polish your work and allow it to be published more quickly.

Read some of the Editors' Picks (EP) and Recommended Reads (RR) stories to get an idea of the standard 'Stories Space' is looking for.

note: copied and edited from a longer post on the LUSH, 'Resources Forum' by, principessa

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Youbecient
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 5:56:52 AM

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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. – Mark Twain

As an editor of Trust my paper I would like to add that the grammar issue is also widely spread. Most people tend to think that hey, it's an editor's job to fix mistakes, when in reality an editor helps with the best composition and sentence structure to best explain the point. You should aim to correct 99% of all grammar and spelling errors. I won’t say 100%, because that would mean the book never gets released while you go over it again and again looking for that one typo or misused word. Catching almost all of the mistakes is enough so long as you are diligent about spelling on the pages that matter the most. Those pages being the cover, the blurb, and the front matter. Any piece of the book a customer will see while looking online at your work.
elizabethblack
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 4:57:47 PM

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What an excellent thread.........glad this gentleman revived it by commenting.


Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 9:24:28 PM

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Ms Elizabeth, your are correct, as usual, about that post by, Youbeient.

The lady who left the original post on my FB page, Celina Summers, an oft-published fantasy writer, and editor, left another one today I'm gonna share.

"For some reason, it's far easier for me to self-edit right AFTER I edit someone else's work. That seems to be the only way I spot unnecessary adverbs, for example. Sure--in first draft form, "eased slowly" or "sipped carefully" makes sense. But in final form, the adverb is implied in the stronger verb choice, which renders the adverb unnecessary.

Evidently, I need more clients."

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Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Jimwillhavefun
Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2018 1:43:08 PM

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Just a thought.

I use Word for all my writing. I use the spell check on Word first to find simple mistakes, and then I started using Grammarly to help with watching the tense issues as well as watching for passive voice since I was horrible at that.

I also then use the Word read aloud option to hear it in a different voice. I put my headphones in and close my eyes to listen to the story.

It seems to have worked ok for me. It is making my writing better, I think anyway.
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2018 2:06:30 PM

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Good advice, Jim. thumbright

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Welshdreamer42
Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2018 7:53:05 AM

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My pennyworth of advice would be to avoid the temptation to publish work as soon as you finish the final edit. Sit on it overnight and read it again the next day before posting. It's amazing how many mistakes jump out at you when you read with fresh eyes.


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Survivor
Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2018 9:25:31 AM

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I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure you do not misspell a word in the title of your story or poem. Please, please. This is so important. I just sent a message to a poet on another site whose poem had the word "something" in it, but it was spelled "somthing." Helen's great advice above would have probably helped to avoid this kind of error along with tons of others.



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elizabethblack
Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018 7:19:41 PM

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This will help me immensely if I can ever get myself together to attempt writing. I have ideas and then I get too busy to try and form the story. But this is a great resource.
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AnnaMayZing
Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 1:17:13 PM

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Start Writing, Elizabeth. Your story will never happen until you type/write those first words. You will be surprised what flows as soon as you begin and once you do, you won't be able to stop until it's finished.
An Idea will become nothing without those first tentative words. coffee

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AnnaMayZing
Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2018 2:28:15 PM

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Jimwillhavefun wrote:
Just a thought.

I use Word for all my writing. I use the spell check on Word first to find simple mistakes, and then I started using Grammarly to help with watching the tense issues as well as watching for passive voice since I was horrible at that.

I also then use the Word read aloud option to hear it in a different voice. I put my headphones in and close my eyes to listen to the story.

It seems to have worked ok for me. It is making my writing better, I think anyway.


I have taken Jim's advice and now use a text to speech app. It is amazing how typo's jump out at you when you are hearing what you have written. Better still, it is easier to spot when something you have written would sound better if put differently.

There are several free apps in the store. Try one, I highly recommend it.

Thanks Jim! thumbright

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
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