Close Up Editing & Assessment

Ashley Capes, a good friend and writing buddy, has recently launched Close Up Editing & Assessment, a service for fiction and poetry writers. Whether you’re looking for overall manuscript assessment, line-editing, or proofreading, he and his wife Brooke Linford have numerous editing, writing, teaching, and publication credits between them that they can put to use helping you get your work into the best possible shape.

I’ve been in a writing group with Ashley for nearly a year, and it’s been brilliant having access to his insight and technical knowledge. He has an excellent grasp of story structure, character, and an ear for prose that has helped me hone and tweak my second draft far beyond what I believe I would have been able to achieve alone. Read more

Text & Subtext

One of my bestest writing buddies, Ashley Capes (a beta reader for Chaos, and a fantastic writer & poet) has a post on his blog titled Suggestiveness and Clarity in Poetry

I’m a big proponent of studying poetry, even if you’re strictly a prose writer (as I am). Even if you’re not going for poetic prose, poetry can teach you some fantastic wordsmithing skills, such as how to use one perfect word instead of a half dozen pretty good ones–getting more bang for your proverbial buck. Another thing poetry excels at, especially the haiku style Ashley is particularly adept at, is the art of suggesting without outright stating. Subtext!

I love me some good subtext in a story. While I want to be understood, and not frustratingly vague, I’m very fond of the practice of leaving room for reader interpretation, because I believe that’s what makes a story feel personal. So how does one strike the right balance? Ashley takes a look at the two sides and poses the question “How much work do you want/want your reader to do? And how clear is too clear?”

Read the full post here.

~ RM