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I wrote of choppiness vs. flow yesterday when announcing the upcoming, new and improved, FREE version of Gunslinger Greed; how the majority of Indie authors fail at flow, a critical aspect of polished writing found in most traditionally published books.

To be honest, I had thoughts at first of choosing an Indie and Traditional* author at random, but I thought it might seem like picking on someone. So I decided to pick on myself when providing an example of choppiness and smooth goodness. What clearer presentation could I give than comparing the me from a year and a half ago against the me of today?

You will discover two columns within the following PDF. On the left is the original text; the right the one featuring improved flow.

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See the difference? Huge, no? Both tell the same story, but a reader must work harder to follow the original version vs. the improved. This comparison is a microcosm of the publishing world as it stands today; how it is vs. how it should exist. Or how it did exist before the gatekeepers lost their keys–when the only way a writer could really get their book out there was through a publishing house and in print.

The art of storytelling isn’t getting lost, as some proclaim, but finding quality writing sure is more difficult given the plethora of books with which readers are now bombarded on a daily basis. Thus, I implore Indies and Traditional, but especially the former, to hone their craft. Never stop pushing to get better. And wait until you’re good enough to be published. Don’t be like me and get into a rush. While my writing maybe didn’t suck before Sanguinem Isle, it wasn’t exactly great either.

How do you know when you’re ready? Write something and wait a year and a half while reading until your eyes bleed, then rewrite it, and compare. Or every time you pen something, compare that something to the way a great Traditional author writes.

Hey, if you’re going to go for it, might as well shoot for the stars.

And, now, for my final plea to all Indies who think editors are unnecessary.

Please, please, please have your writing professionally edited.

*When I say Traditional, I mean authors of major publishers.

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