All Apprentices: Quick Editing Tips
By Blake Atwood
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All Apprentices: Quick Editing Tips is a short podcast for writers seeking to become better self-editors, written and produced by editor, author, and ghostwriter Blake Atwood.
||CleanFix Filter Phrases||This episode’s self-editing tip is closely related to the tip from the previous episode, Rue the Day. Fixing filter phrases will help you toward “resisting the urge to explain,” or, as the more well-worn writing advice says, “Show||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRue the Day||This quick self-editing tip is one you’ve very likely heard if you’ve been a writer for nearly any length of time. Some call it “Resist the urge to explain.” Others call it, “Show, don’t tell.” If we’ve all||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSearch for Problematic Punctuation||What punctuation always proves problematic for you? Have you ever taken a few moments to figure out what the right usage is? And once you discover that, how do you ensure you remember it? That’s the topic for this short episode’s topic||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSearch for Common Abuses||Is it alot or a lot? Should I use further or farther? What about i.e. vs. e.g.? Or it’s vs. its vs. its’? And lay vs. lie? That’s just impossible. This episode offers answers to each of those questions, but its central theme is:||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrim the Hedges||What are hedge words? They’re words and phrases like just, I think, kind of, seem, and many others that lessen the impact your writing could make. They can seep into the writing of any level of writer, but it’s to your benefit to root||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRemove, Eradicate, and Delete Redundancies||This episode is inspired by a quote from Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, a highly recommended resource for every writer. Here’s the quote: “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragr||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWrite the Right Word||This meme encapsulates the essence of this episode’s self-editing tip: “Don’t use a big word when a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish the contemporary necessity.” In other words, don’t||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGet Off Your Crutches||What are crutch words in writing? Those small words and phrases you use in early drafts to support yourself. But many of them can be safely deleted during your self-editing phase. In this episode, I provide a short list of crutch words I often see||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBe Active||If you’ve been writing for very long, you’ve likely already heard this advice: use the active voice. But do you know why you should? This episode: defines active vs. passive voice why you should use active voice more often than passive||2/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon’t Lose Your Voice||Can you lose your voice when writing? Of course! But it can sometimes be challenging to figure out when that’s happened. This week’s episode: defines voice in writing describes the difference between voice and tone offers a question to||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Help for All Writers
Blake Atwood’s approach to writing and self-editing embodies the best advice in the industry in manageable chunks and is easy to listen to and implement. Our writer’s lives are too busy for long podcasts and all will benefit from these succinct tips. I plan to make this a regular part of my routine of reinforcement.
Absolutely fantastic. A MUST LISTEN for writers.
As a writer, I listen to a lot of writing podcasts. All Apprentices is by far one of the best. Why? It's short and inspiring. Most podcasts are really procrastination. This podcast is a gentle nudge to get back to work and to apply the concepts being discussed. If you're a writer, this podcast is pure gold. Can't recommend it highly enough!
Worth Every Minute
Blake's a true pro that doesn't mind sharing his expertise to make writers better at their craft. We still need editing, but imagine how much stronger your writing will be as it hits your editor's desk. Win-win!