Improve Your Novel’s Setting With Structural Editing – Fictionary

Focus on the settings in your novel and write a better story. Structural editing using Ficionary will help you get this done faster.

I highlighted every sentence that described the setting. What I realized was the author only described things or places that were relevant to the plot.

Most writers know the setting creates the story world. But in the context of novel structure, it can do so much more for you.

Consider the following for each scene when working on setting:…

Source: Improve Your Novel’s Setting With Structural Editing – Fictionary

The EDITING App You Need – Guest Blog Post by Kristina Stanley | Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR

Dan Alatorre

is author of numerous best sellers, host of the YouTube video show Writers Off Task With Friends, blogger… and father to a hilarious and precocious daughter, “Savvy” of the bestselling book series Savvy Stories. His novels, short stories, illustrated children’s books and cookbooks have been translated into 12 different languages and are enjoyed around the world.

So why am I talking about Dan? Dan graciously hosted my guest post yesterday on his blog, and I’d like to share that with you.

So over to Dan’s blog: The EDITING App You Need – Guest Blog Post by Kristina Stanley | Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR


Kristina Stanley has been a friend of the blog for quite a while. As a fellow author she noticed several things we writer types struggle with and set about finding a way to help. I’ll let her…


You’ve finished your first draft. Congratulations! Now what?

Just in case you missed this post a couple of months ago, I wanted to let you know we have a free eBook about the key elements of fiction.

Whether you’re self-publishing or going the traditional route, your story needs to be as good as you can possibly make it before sharing with others.

Now is the time to evaluate your writing with a big-picture edit to ensure your story works and is compelling to your readers.

But just re-reading your novel and looking for areas of improvement without having a process can waste a lot of time. Questions that come to mind are:

  • Where to start?
  • What to change?
  • How to make it better?


Don’t despair. There is light at the end of the editing tunnel. Just like you learned how to write a novel, you can learn how to perform a big-picture edit. All you need is a clear process, some editing knowledge, and the right tool.

With our free eBookyou’ll learn how big-picture editing is all about evaluating the major components of your story. We call these components the Key Elements Of Fiction.  Our eBook shows you how to use the key elements of fiction to evaluate your story.


Thanks for reading…

TOP 5 Fiction Elements For A Mystery

I had to share my guest post on A NEW LOOK ON BOOKS. I hope the editing tips help!


Self-editing a mystery is one of the joys of the writing process. You get to use your imagination to lead the reader through your story. As a mystery writer, it’s important to keep track of your story, and not only in the context of what you share with your readers but also what your characters know….


Source: Day 1: Mystery; Kristina Stanley – A New Look On Books

Feedback For Fiction | Self-Evaluating Scene Openings and Novel Structure

Self-Evaluating Scene Openings and Novel Structure

There are times when a person has the luxury of sitting down and reading a novel in one session. Wouldn’t that be nice if we could all do that? However, most of us read a novel in multiple sessions.

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-11-46-amWhen you’re rewriting your draft, dreaming of creating a novel readers will love, it’s critical to think about how readers read.

Many writing books talk about the importance of the first line, first paragraph and first page of a novel. If you don’t grab the reader then, you might lose them for good. There is a lot of pressure on a writer to produce an extraordinary first line for a novel. If your reader has put your book aside for a while and picked it up at a new scene, that scene opening has to all the things the opening of your novel does. So much pressure…but we have a process to help you.

When your readers start a new scene, they must be immediately be engaged in the scene. To ensure this happens, work through your revision as if you…

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Feedback For Fiction | Starting Your Rewrite With A Focus On Plot

Find out where to start your rewrite by focusing on plot first.

You’ve finished your first draft, and you’re about to embark on rewriting that draft, turning it into a novel readers will love. Now is the time to focus on story and structure. Word choice, style,…

Source: Feedback For Fiction | Starting Your Rewrite With A Focus On Plot