Dec 24 2008

Have You Ever Wanted to be an Editor?

I’m very close to sending out feelers on a nonfiction manuscript about how to write superhero stories.  I have one main problem, though.  My target audience is young (10-20 years old) and my writing style is not naturally breezy or accessible.  Ahem.  I’m a political scientist/journalist by training.

So I have a writing exercise/contest for you. Take any one of our articles and rewrite it so that a typical thirteen-year-old would find it authoritative, fun and easy to read.  I have a few stylistic suggestions.

  1. Fragmented sentences are OK, but I recommend against run-ons.
  2. Keep the words as simple as possible.
  3. It must be fun!

We’d appreciate your help greatly.  Depending on how good the entries are, we may also give Amazon gift-cards or a free, signed copy to show our appreciation. Thanks!

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Have You Ever Wanted to be an Editor?”

  1. Holliequon 24 Dec 2008 at 5:57 pm

    I’ll volunteer, though I can’t guarantee a decent entry.

  2. Ragged Boyon 24 Dec 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I’ll try it, I like all the writing practice I can get.

  3. Ragged Boyon 24 Dec 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Dammit, now I have choices. I suck at choices. I always pick one and then regret it later.

  4. Ragged Boyon 24 Dec 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I think I’m going to go with Developing Interesting Characters by Trait.

  5. Holliequon 24 Dec 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I started on “Naming Characters”.

  6. B. Macon 24 Dec 2008 at 7:22 pm

    It’s OK if it’s not decent. It’s just an exercise!

  7. Holliequon 24 Dec 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Would you rather we posted it here, or emailed it to you?

  8. B. Macon 25 Dec 2008 at 8:52 am

    E-mail would probably be a bit easier for me to format, but feel free to post it here as well.

  9. Holliequon 25 Dec 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Sent by email as per request.

  10. Justiceon 27 Dec 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I’m fourteen years old and I can read and comprehend these articles just fine. Any thirteen year old who can’t read a at a semi-adult level shouldn’t be trying to write a superhero novel in the first place…

  11. Ragged Boyon 27 Dec 2008 at 2:54 pm

    If they are writing for a slightly younger audience, then I think a lower reading level is acceptable.

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