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What is line editing?

This post covers: Where the phrase line editing may have come from The difference between line editing and copyediting The difference between line editing and heavy copyediting What fiction line editing involves So, what is line editing exactly? It has something to do with lines or sentences, right? Yes, but other kinds of edits involve …

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The Save the Cat beat sheet: a cultural anthropological approach

Blake Snyder’s book Save the Cat! offers a blueprint for screenwriters on how to draft a successful film script. Drawing on his experience as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the book outlines a save the cat beat sheet that describes the different points and pacing in many winning films. Somewhat later, Jessica Brody transformed the insights …

Cultural worldbuilding in your SFF novel

Today’s blog post looks at cultural worldbuilding. That is, the different ways of thinking about and representing cultures in your SFF book. I have also touched on these themes in the Worldbuilding Q&A. How do writers use culture? In everyday talk, people often use culture as another word for ‘national culture’ or interpreted as something …