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    Why Your Spell Checker Is A Shifty-Eyed Hack

    You can’t trust your spell checker. Generally speaking, a spell checking feature on a word processing program will do a fair job in finding words that are misspelled. That’s all it’s capable of doing. If you think that an automatic spell check will do enough work to make you a good writer, then you are mistaken. Your spell check is a hack — in that, it only does what it is programmed to do. And I’d even go as far to say that it’s shifty-eyed (if it had eyes) because good writers know not to trust automatic editing tools completely. You’re going to need a bigger and better self-editing tools,…

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    A Writer’s Guide To Ruthlessly Killing Your Darlings

    You need not worry about your browser history; this post is about killing figuratively. ¬†In the world of writers,¬†killing your darlings means getting rid of those story bits that need to die, even though the author may have fallen in love with them. But in the world of writers, the author who wants to write well, should be ruthless when it comes to removing the unwanted or unsightly from our manuscripts. Here’s how: Obliterate your Prologue. In one swift move, hit select all and delete. It’s gone. You probably didn’t feel a thing. Why? Most prologues are unnecessary. Prologues often assume your reader needs to be spoon fed every little…