BookBaby president Brian Felsen interviewed Constance Hale, an American writer based in Oakland, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her journalism has appeared in metropolitan newspapers and national magazines, but she is best known for her books on language: Sin and Syntax and Wired Style. In this clip, Hale talks about the rigorous, 7-step self-editing process she goes through with every piece before showing her work to editors, writing groups, or trusted friends.

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With the help of some of the speakers at this year’s San Francisco Writer’s Conference, BookBaby is putting together a free PDF guide on the craft of writing.

Author Constance Hale contributed an article from her website (Sin and Syntax) called “Secrets for Sinful Prose” which I thought was worth sharing now for its own sake, and to give you a sneak peak at some of the content we’ll be featuring in the guide.

In Secrets for Sinful Prose, Constance shows how to make every part of a sentence work for you. How should you choose adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and prepositions?  Where should you put them in the sentence, And why?

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