How to Cope When Your Manuscript Is Black and White and Red All Over

You did it. You sent your manuscript out to be appraised by someone else—and you’re not sure whether to shout hurray or groan. Maybe you’re trying to get published, or maybe you’re just seeking feedback. Maybe this is the first time you’ve shown your work to someone, or maybe it’s the one-hundredth time. Whatever the case, you’ve placed your writing in someone else’s hands and now you’re trembling and biting your nails as you await the results.

Black_and_White_and_Red_All_OverThen you hear the flutter of paper, the ding of an e-mail, or the shuffle of the mailman, and your precious bundle arrives. But as you open it, you gasp at all the bloodstains marring the pages, and you wrestle with one of two thoughts:

  1. I must be a horrible writer!
  2. This person doesn’t understand me or my piece, and they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Both of these reactions are wrong, and neither is good for your morale as a writer (although at least the first displays humility). You’re understandably feeling stung, but before you start sobbing or chopping off any heads, pause to pray for wisdom. To endure criticism and emerge a more astute writer, you need to analyze five factors. [Read more…]

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Brianna was born with a rumble in her veins. She finds the tap of a keyboard to be soothing like the pitter-patter of rain. She has been a writer for a decade, a freelance editor for a few years, and a bibliophile from the moment she pronounced her first syllable. Proudly a Silver Member of The Christian PEN, she serves on their team as Graphics Coordinator. She exudes her passion for speculative fiction and helping young writers by being an Associate Editor at Castle Gate Press and the Copy Editor/Director of Graphics for Kingdom Pen. When she isn’t poring over words, she may be spotted shooting her Canon, riding The Breeze (an all-terrain vehicle), or romping with her dog, Zookie. Purple is her signature color, and she refuses to recognize all other claims to it.

Words of Similarity – Method to the Madness

Let’s face it. Your confused about who’s rules dictated how those annoying little similar words work and how their supposed to be used. You know, like two, to and too. Or their and they’re. Or its and it’s. What’s the difference, anyway?

For those of you who aren’t writers, believe it or not, us wordy people don’t always understand this madness any better than you do. When two or three or four words all sound the same but have completely different meanings, it’s pretty irritating (and difficult) to keep them all apart, but it’s kind of important, too. We here at Kingdom Pen aren’t obsessed with grammar. We value good, well-written and powerful stories much more than the correct usage of a past participle phrase (whatever the noun that’s supposed to be).  That said, however, words only have power when you use them correctly, and you can’t do that unless you understand the difference between them.

Here’s a video that should help simplify the madness for you. Bookmark the location for easy reference. You’ll probably need to refer back to this in the frequent future until you have time to memorize the difference between whose and who’s.

I know we’ll be right their with you.

 (Click on the picture to view the video)