The Indelicate Editor – Write Characters that Aren’t Like You, but Are Still, Shockingly, Human and Relatable

by Gayle Towell If you are writing a character of another race, culture, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic class than your own, or perhaps they have a mental illness, disease, or disability—the biggest mistake you can make is writing the character based solely on a list of traits associated with that particular person-type. Suppose you are…

Indelicate Editor – Failure to Edit

by Gayle Towell One of the biggest mistakes you can make when editing is failing to actually do a meaningful edit. This is related, but a fundamentally different issue from what I discussed in my previous post a few weeks ago, wherein I detail how ego or inexperience can get in the way of accepting…