Ch 1 Blunders: Starting Too Late

(Photo Credit:  Pinterest) Don’t let readers leave your book behind! Last month, I received some fantastic feedback on the first quarter of my current MS. For this series of articles, I will draw from the remarks of my wonderful Beta readers and discussions I have had with other writers on these topics. In some ways, […]

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Ch 1 Blunders: Starting Too Soon

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) Sometimes you have to wait! Last month, I received some fantastic feedback on the first quarter of my current MS. For this series of articles, I will draw from the remarks of my wonderful Beta readers and discussions I have had with other writers on these topics. In some ways, I started […]

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Revision: logic and imagination

Both logic and imagination are necessary in revision. Revision is not some dry process. It is fluid, floating between solid logic and airy imagination. The writer dips her toes in each world. Logic gives you the ABCs – structure, guidelines, rules. Imagination gives you the words. The chapter I spent three days revising needs to […]

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Cutting Words In Flash Fiction

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) I admit, I tend to overwrite. In every form of writing (except syllable-controlled poetry forms). So when I write flash fiction, I need to do a lot of cutting. Word choice: First, I look for words and phrases that readers might not understand or might throw them out of the story. slang […]

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Loving Revisions

        How do I change my thinking to make editing fun again? I’ve read too much about how editing is a pain and at some point I came to believe it myself. But – hey – isn’t editing a part of writing? And I want to be a writer. Put two and two together and […]

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Revising Dreams into Art

If first drafts get your dreams on paper, then revisions turn those dreams into art. Art and commercial success don’t need to be mutually exclusive. Art is creative expression of imaginative vision. Great art gives the reader/listener/viewer an emotional (and sometimes imaginative) experience. Isn’t that the effect you want to have on your reader? But […]

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Editing for Pace: Story Structure

The first step I usually take in revisions is delete slow material. After all, we don’t want to bore the readers and risk loosing them. But what about pace — changes in speed of action also keep the reader’s interest and keep the reader from burning out. Structure can be applied in the outlining phase […]

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Editing for Pace: Inner and Outer Conflicts

A character can only run non-stop for so long. So look for paces in your structure that end themselves to changes in pace. Change where the most energy is expended — inward or outward. A change in pace doesn’t mean all forward motion stops.Every scene has both internal and external conflicts and obstacles. Change the […]

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Dare to Write Bad

One great fear of writers is that they will write something bad. I say “Write away!” Practice: To write well, you first must write badly. Writing is a skill that can be improved only through practice. Bad writing is writing where you make mistakes. A diligent writer will learn from those mistakes and gradually stop […]

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