Why I Love Editing

My name is Alice and I’m a born editor, AND a very picky reader. You’ll often find me at my editing home: the dining room table perched over my laptop frequently straightening out my posture, wearing my editing glasses—my eyesight went to hell last year. Thank you,...

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The Power in Saying No

This month has been crazy productive (aka busy) and I thought a good way to put it all in perspective was to make a blog post out of it. I was recently asked the question, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”   The answer:  ...

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How the Right Criticism Can Help You Grow

I love teachers who kick my butt—means they care, right? That’s how you grow. I have teachers who are invested in my learning and aren’t lazy—it takes effort to give constructive criticism. Now that the Olympics have ended, I’m sure all the gold medal athletes had...

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4 Lessons from Star Wars

It’s no secret I love Star Wars: you may already know that from my Star Wars comic book skirt, to my Boba Fett necklace, to my Boba Fett keychain, or me talking up the Star Wars mythology every chance I get. Star Wars is my world and it’s how I learned everything...

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How to Read Your Poetry Like a Rock Star

Have you ever considered reading a poem at an open mic or at a luncheon, formal occasion or at church—poetry creates meaning from a sometimes meaningless world. You can either recite the poem or read it. Poetry can also inspire others to act and to change their...

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Happy 10th Birthday to Write from the Inside Out!

It’s my birthday—well, Write from the Inside Out’s birthday. Blow out the candles and I can cry if I want to! We’re 10 years old this month—can you believe it? Throughout this decade, my basic offerings haven’t much changed: editing, author mentoring and writing...

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6 Ways to Value Yourself As a Writer

You feel like an imposter. You hear voices telling you, “What makes you think you’re a writer? What makes you think you’re any good?” How do you combat these voices and be the rock star author millions will read? How do you value yourself so others value you? Read on!...

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Don’t You Dare Double Space After a Period!

It’s time for my annual “Don’t Double Space After a Period” post. I love posting this blog again as a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for my current and future editing clients. While taking out double spaces from manuscripts is not a big deal anymore, you don’t need...

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Who Made Up These Rules Anyway?

I grew up in a family that had a lot of rules, like you had to take your shoes off as soon as you walked in the door; place perishables (milk, cheese, ham) back in the fridge ASAP after you use them or you’d get ptomaine poisoning. I couldn’t figure out why my husband...

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How Do You Book a Book Signing?

When you’re a self-published author you have to book your own signing gigs, much like independent musicians book theirs. Even small press authors have to book signing gigs because their press doesn't have the manpower to book for them. How do you go about doing this?...

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Get Skills Like Napoleon Dynamite

You remember the famous Napoleon Dynamite from 2014 cult movie: “I don’t even have any good skills. You know like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!”—Napoleon. Turns out Napoleon had a LOT of...

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A Simple Approach for Beating Writer’s Block

Dave Baldwin of Raleigh (author/editor and content producer extraordinaire) is my guest blogger today and gives four takeaways on how you can beat writer's block by taking the focus off of yourself. Enjoy this blog and learn more about Dave at the bottom of this post....

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Brand Yourself Like Amelia Earhart

How well does your brand work for you? Will just the mention of your name make someone flock to you or send them scurrying to the exits? Recently, a stranger told me I’m “rude and self-serving,” mostly based on my social media posts. Does she know me? No, but she...

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How Do I Start My Book?

How do you start a book? A better way to put it would be, how do you eat an elephant? One page (or bite) at a time. Writing a book about your life is a daunting project and I’ve known some writers who started taking memoir workshops with me ten years ago and they...

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10 Open Mic Do’s and Don’ts

I’ve had the pleasure of leading literary open mics in my writers’ community in Raleigh since 2009. After a few years’ break, I co-host the monthly Main Street Rag Raleigh Reading Series at So & So Books in downtown Raleigh a block from the historic Krispy Kreme.  ...

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How to Be Authentic

On Saturday morning I played my guitar and sang at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market for two solid hours. This was my first gig at the farmers’ market and I have four more already scheduled. It was a blast and next time I’ll even make sure the battery in my guitar...

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How to Find Support as a First-Time Author

Dave Baldwin of Raleigh (author/editor and content producer extraordinaire) is my guest blogger today and gives new authors fantastic tips on how to find viable support in the big, beautiful-ugly world of publishing. It comes down to finding the right professionals on...

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How to Find the Perfect Workshop Venue

How do you know when you’ve found the perfect workshop venue? It’s usually when your students ask you to teach more workshops in that space! Now depending on what you teach you’re going to have different requirements for your students. Some of you may even use your...

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IMG_3008My name is Alice Osborn and I’m a born editor and a very picky reader. As a kid, I had to analyze books, movies and songs. Had to. My dad often told me I “thought too much,” but I couldn’t help it. I remember reading books that I wish were better written and I’d ask questions about why the author didn’t mention so and so. At the time I didn’t know what the phrase “plot hole” meant, but that’s exactly what I found in all of the fiction I encountered. As a result I started reading nonfiction, comic books and “movels” — movie novelizations; as least the plot didn’t lack any key elements and I already knew how the story ended. The only “fiction” I could stomach were the Greek myths since they were character-driven tales where the god/goddess/mortal had to cross almost insurmountable odds to achieve their goals. They were also violent. I loved the story where Artemis is bathing and a poor slob enjoys the peep show. He doesn’t last long since she turns her dogs on him. Perhaps this is why I’ve always been a fan of Star Wars, which is really a myth disguised as Luke Skywalker’s coming of age story of finding the home in his heart.

Speaking of Star Wars, I also loved going to the movies where I’d beg my father to sit through the credits so I’d know where it was filmed and who did the sound editing.  He always complied and never told me it was a little weird. Well, he probably understood me since he always pointed out anachronisms. For instance, in Raiders of Lost Ark which was supposed to take place in 1936, they showed a 1942 Ford, and boy did that mistake bother him! My husband, Keith, a vintage car owner, also loves to point out these issues to me, which makes only one trait my father and husband share.

Going to the movies and to the comic book store with my dad turned out to be one of our favorite things we’d do together. Thanks to Dad, he also bought me and my brother several comic book subscriptions: Spiderman, G.I. Joe and Star Wars that would arrive in our mailbox in brown paper wrapping.  My brother never read the comic books meant for him, so I became an enormous G.I. Joe fan by reading the comic book while playing with all of his action figures. Again, I loved the strongly developed characters and how they picked on each other while laughing in the face of danger. One of my favorite lines was, “You’re about as funny as a hand grenade.” No wonder I loved Predator and The Hurt Locker; both war dramas with strong characters and intense action. You know I’m also a fan of Lost for these same reasons and haven’t missed an episode since it premiered in 2004.

In college I majored in business and worked at Belk in several capacities for nine years. I dabbled in writing, but it wasn’t until I began grad school at NC State in English did I enter “editing world” through the tutoring portal. I tutored students in writing and speaking throughout my grad school stint, but I edited too much. That was OK, I’m not a tutor; I’m an editor.

One of my strengths is finding plot inconsistencies and working out character timelines in addition to performing the grammar, proofreading and line editing functions. I also love fact checking like my dad used to do at the movies. My clients love this about me and never get weirded out when I bone up on their subject and totally immerse myself in their world.

There was a time about eighteen months ago I was thinking about giving up editing so I could concentrate on my own writing projects. Editing others’ work does take up your life, not leaving much room for your own creativity. Then a friend of mine said, “Don’t quit; there aren’t many really good editors out there; we need you!” So I stayed in the game and began receiving stronger work to edit. I realized that I was not being picky enough with my clients since after all, I’m  a very picky reader! My mother also told me that my grandmother, her mother, was an editor. Soon after, I found out my first cousin had a 20-year editing career! Editing is definitely in my blood and I must embrace who I am. Like Luke Skywalker, I found my true calling after a lengthy search.

Alice Osborn will help you get your novel published and adored by your readers

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Alice Osborn, Raleigh AuthorShe will help you achieve success and confidence with editing, writing workshops, and mentoring to help you achieve your writing goals. If you need one-on-one coaching, Alice offers mentoring that can turn you from a writer into an author. She is THE expert you can trust and who will be honest and fair with you.

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