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I’m editing weekends, probably through the end of April. I’m 14k words into the 3rd draft. Work, work, work. Then on to beta readers, hopefully. 🙂

Also, I found a cool new (to me) website.

http://hemingwayapp.com/

Simple editor that will show you reading level, number of adverbs, passive use and complexity of your sentences. You simply paste in some text to the “Write” pane and click “Edit”. Simple!

I typically use Grammarly, which is powerful. However, Hemingwayapp is web based, FREE, and simple. Check it out!

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I recently sent off the first three chapters of my book to my editor Barbara Varanka. I had no illusion that the chapters were close to final. Rather, I was hoping they at least conveyed good information about the characters, a sense of the story, and the mood. I was also interested in learning about my bad habits and how to correct them.

Barbara sent back a marked up and commented copy of the first three chapters, and we reviewed it together over Google+ hangout today. Something I’ve learned from my early days in creative writing class, oh, about a hundred years ago, is that feedback is feedback. It is like ideas, ideas are not good or bad, they are ideas. It’s what you do with them that make them helpful or useless. Today I really appreciated the honest feedback I received. I feel like I can move forward with completing a second draft. The best feedback was to use “cold prose” because of the “hot topic”. The story is dystopian and opens with a tense scene. That was huge feedback. Another one of my friends had commented that I used too much poetic forms in the early chapters. Basically the same feedback. I know what to do now because of this feedback intersection.

I can move forward with more confidence because of my editor’s markup, and comments, and because of my friend’s feedback. So vital. It wasn’t necessary to send my whole first draft, because most of my problems repeat. Feedback is like having a guide to a good fishing hole. I know how to fish, but I don’t know the best bait for the best holes.

I’m also having some “aha” moments reading “Invisible Ink”. Great book on the art of crafting a story. I’m going to finish my current two books, then read a Cory Doctorow book before I end this break from writing.

Also, I recommend Barbara’s editing services. I will likely go back to her for more editing once I get further in my drafting.

I used iA Writer on my iPad to write all the first draft content for my current work-in-process. I used the on screen keyboard. In fairness, I started practicing with the on-screen keyboard a year ago when I took my Berklee class. But, back then I was using Evernote, also a great tool. You may ask, "Ty, what do you have against pencil/pen and paper?" 2 things. One, I don't have the patience to write then transpose to my compy. Two, I can't always read my handwriting. So, nothing against handwriting. I love the whole sensuality of writing with a pencil. (not that kind, geez). With that, on to the features. Clutter free and clean: For a clean screen editor, iA Writer is the best I've found for iPad. Unfortunately, for those in the Android faith, there is not an iA Writer version available. Us Apple adherents have Mac, iPhone and iPad versions currently. Happy, Happy. Marketing words "As soon as you type the title bar disappears and all you see is the clean typing sheet, distraction-free, ready for your ideas to take shape. With over 600,000 copies sold, Writer has helped students, journalists, and bestselling authors to find more pleasure in working with text." ;) It does make a great writing tool for us non-bestselling authors, too. ;) Cool Keyboard: This innovation is the feature that separates iA Writer from other tools. They have added things like quotes, dashes, parens, colons, semi-colons on the main keyboard so there is no annoying shift required to access these keys. And for dessert, there are left and right arrow buttons to move around. Nice! I knew you'd like that. Marketing words "iA Writer for iPad comes with an elegant keyboard extension that lets you navigate left and right, with direct access to punctuation." What? You aren't convinced yet? Sheesh. - How about iCloud and Dropbox storage options, huh? - And AirPlay or HP ePrint printing options. What now? Ok, time for a bit of reality. Getting used to typing on the screen keyboard may result in some frustration. I may have said a bad word or two over the past year, but I always took it back, didn't I? Thank you for joining me today on Writer Tools. Your friend in the writing business. Ty Roper

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