Rachel Rittenhouse

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Rachel Recommends – Tip #7

October 27th, 2016

rachel-recommends-7It’s time for Rachel Recommends: Tip #7 – “Edit like crazy – don’t be afraid to change your plot.” 

Everyone has a different opinion of what you should keep or change in your first draft. Your job is figuring out which opinions matter to you and your story. Some editors will tear your story apart, while others will think your story is great. It is important to go through as many edits and rewrites as you need in order to get different perspectives. Don’t just settle for the opinion of one editor, especially if they made a remark on the content of your story. The bottom line is this: editing is vital.

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But, how do you know what changes to keep and what to disregard?

  • Do the changes affect the plot (fiction) or main point (non-fiction)? If someone gives you a suggestion (whether an editor, beta reader, or friend), figure out how it furthers your plot and adds to the meaning of the story. What makes the plot better? If the suggestion is taking your book where you do not want it to go, than you can merely disregard it.
  • Are the changes spelling or grammar corrections? If so, accept them all! Everyone catches something different, so the more people reading your draft, likely means fewer mistakes.
  • Are the changes about your character? Readers will have opinions about your characters. Ask yourself why the reader does or doesn’t like a certain character. If it aligns with how you intended your character to come across, then you should keep the character the way they are. If you can change your character to make him/her more likeable or unlikeable to the reader, then you should adjust accordingly.
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Editing is a step that can be repeated over and over and over again. Feel free to repeat this process as much as you want until you achieve the desired result.


from A Student’s Guide: 10 Easy Steps to Writing & Publishing


Is editing a struggle to you? What do you do to make the job more enjoyable? 

A Day in Pittsburgh

October 13th, 2016

a-day-in-pittsburgWe are now reaching the fall break point in the school year! By now kids start to feel rambunctious and moms are already thinking of fun field trips they can take with their kids.


Field trips have always been my favorite part of the school year and discovering new places to visit is especially fun! I’m here to help you find your “Adventure in Pennsylvania” and provide affordable options that will give your kids a chance to learn outside the classroom and also give them a chance to use up some of their energy.


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Who knew that there were so many amazing spots to visit right here in Pennsylvania! This past summer, my family and I visited Pittsburgh.


Built between 1759 and 1761, this historic fort was occupied by the British military during the French and Indian war and during the American Revolution until 1772.


To start out your adventure in Pittsburgh, take a walk down to the 3-point river. Here you will encounter the meeting of the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela Rivers. Fun fact – the Allegheny River flows north into New York from northern Pennsylvania and then south into Pittsburgh, where it then meets the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River. Pretty cool!


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Following that, you will see the Fort Pitt Block House. The block house is the oldest authentic structure in Western PA. It was built in 1764 as a British fortification in the French-Indian War. Inside the building you will be able to see what the soldiers may have experienced as they fought during the war. You and your students can look through little holes, dubbed as “gun loopholes” where the soldiers would have to look through when faced with enemy invasion. Another fun fact about the blockhouse is that civilian families also lived there at different times in history. Standing in that one room and even looking up at the second floor, gives you a feeling at the differences of living in that part of history than what we are accustomed to today.



The block house was also used as a multiple family occupancy after the war. Imagine living in the building that was located in a fort. Throughout the house you will see “points of interest” where you and your children will read a diagram that outlines changes that have been made in the house over time.


After visiting the house, you have the option of going through the Fort Pitt Museum. While the block house is free, the museum does have a cost for admittance. I believe you can experience just as much without going through the museum. However, if you have older children and are looking for more information for an essay, walking through the museum may be beneficial.


wp_20160627_14_21_02_proAs time allows, another fun aspect of Pittsburgh is just walking around. You are able to walk across the rivers on two bridges. (Caution: only go if you don’t mind heights!) These two bridges are known as the Fort Duquesne Bridge, which crosses the Allegheny River, and the Fort Pitt Bridge, which crosses over the Monongahela River.


Walking through downtown Pittsburgh, you can also visit PNC Park, home stadium to the Pirates, which is especially cool if you are a sports fan like my younger brother.


Pittsburgh is incredible – whether you are a city person or not so much. One final note to remember: leave before the work traffic gets too terrible!


Previous published in the CHAP Magazine 

Copyright, 2016, Rachel Rittenhouse 

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old