The Editing Podcast

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Episode 10

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Published on:

15th Jan 2020

12:15am

S3E10: Sea Chapman on conlangs

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Sea Chapman on conlangs

Denise and Louise talk with guest Sea Chapman about constructed languages, or conlangs.

Listen to find out more about:

What is a constructed language, or conlang?

  • The different types of conlang
  • Tips for writers who want to include conlangs in fiction
  • The rules of play
  • Base languages sometimes and conlang creation

Resources mentioned in the show

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‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Episode 9

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Published on:

8th Jan 2020

12:15am

S3E9: How to use em dashes

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Denise and Louise discuss em dashes, or em rules, and how to use them in fiction and non-fiction writing.

Listen to find out more about:

  • Parenthetical use
  • Indicating a new speaker
  • Indicating omission
  • Profanity
  • Showing faltering speech
  • Conveying end-of-line interruptions

Editing bites

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‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Episode 8

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Published on:

1st Jan 2020

12:15am

S3E8: What is a comma splice?

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Denise and Louise explain what a comma splice is, why you should usually avoid it, and how it can add clarity.

Listen to find out more about:

  • What a comma splice is
  • Commas, lists and why splices confuse readers
  • When editing out comma splices would spoil rhythm
  • Anaphora

Editing bites

  • The Emotional Craft of Fiction, Donald Maass
  • The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, 3rd ed., David Crystal

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‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Episode 7

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Published on:

25th Dec 2019

12:15am

S3E7: How to use en dashes

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Denise and Louise discuss en dashes, or en rules, and how to use them in fiction and non-fiction writing.

Listen to find out more about:

  • Parenthetical use
  • Indicating number spans
  • Placement in dialogue interrupted by narrative description
  • Linking in adjectival compounds
  • Showing faltering speech
  • Indicating a relationship/alternative
  • Profanity

Editing bites

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‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

Episode 6

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18th Dec 2019

12:15am

S3E6: Sophie Playle on developmental editing and critiques

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Denise and Louise chat with editor Sophie Playle about developmental editing and critiques for fiction authors.

Listen to find out more about:

  • An overview of what developmental editing includes
  • Critiques as big-picture evaluation
  • Who benefits from developmental editing and critiques
  • Where developmental editing and critiques fit into the editing process
  • Whether an author needs to hire a specialist editor for developmental editing
  • Writing coaching versus developmental editing
  • The difference between story and plot
  • Story structure – planning versus revision
  • Story structure – conscious deviation from traditional three-act structure
  • Story structure – momentum
  • Narrative style
  • Subplots – when they work and
  • How theme can hold a story together

More about Sophie Playle

Resources mentioned in the Show

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About the Podcast

The Editing Podcast
Make your editing and writing life easier with Denise and Louise
Editing your book is essential, whether you do it yourself or work with a pro. Join two professional editors, Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby, as they explore ways in which authors can make their publishing journeys easier. If you want to learn how to improve your writing and self-editing with tips, tools and guidance, The Editing Podcast is for you.

About your hosts

Denise Cowle

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Denise is a copyeditor and proofreader who works with publishers, businesses and independent authors. She specializes in non-fiction, particularly education, business and social sciences.
Denise lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Don’t ask her to say ‘curly wurly’ or there might be a murrrdurrr!

Louise Harnby

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Louise is a line editor, copyeditor and proofreader who works with indie authors of commercial fiction. She specializes in crime, thrillers and mysteries. Louise lives in Norwich, England. Don't ask her to say 'bootiful' or there'll be even more trouble!