Writers Block Workshop Notes – Part three

This is the Part Three of the Writers Block Workshop notes, held at Robina Library 9th May, 2015.

Dave Burton continues his tips on writing and in this segment, editing.


Dave admits to being a Pop Culture nerd – Sci Fi/Fantasydave burton bio pic

When he writes he is being creative and doesn’t look back.

Editing is a skill in itself. He can be very critical as an Editor.

Good writing is clear. Can we understand it? Does it make sense?

Essential Principles of Editing

  • Good writing is clear?
  • Does the sentence make us want to read the next sentence?
  • Edit up – start at the bottom – Who are these people? What is their objective? Is it clear? Is the character speaking realistically? Then look at the sentences.

You are your own best editor, and the cheapest, but if you want to get help, choose carefully.

dave burton casualREAD

Disect a show you like and work out what works.

Stories are rivers, they move, if it’s sitting still, get rid of it. Engines move.

Moving the story quickly, keep consequence to action clear.

Writers have two jobs , the Writer and the Editor.


Writing and Publishing is weird. Read and if you find yourself stopping, know why you are stopping.

Create daily rituals – That’s how artists work. Form a habit to write building something.

Find a time of the day when you can focus.

Join Writing Groups such as Queensland Writers Centre – Writing Queensland magazine, or Play writers – Play Lab.GCW Festival Day3 Lit Lunch2012 005

Attend workshops like this one to meet people.

Dave then said he is still learning and his soon to be released memoir ‘How To Be Happy’ is a result of him asking questions.

Go to daveburton.com.au to find out more about him.

There is more to come. The next part of this session was Question Time and I’ll add it to the next post.


About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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