Working With the Absent Antagonist

Day Thirty-eight: Skulking (Photo credit: mbshane)   The book opens when the protagonist finds recent signs of the monster she has been hunting. The creature is nearby but does not actually appear until the next scene. Who is her main opponent? The creature. Where is it? Not here. Scenes of pursuit and flight are perhaps […]

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Biting the bullet

Culled paper (Photo credit: Dvortygirl) After two days of hemming and hawing I decided to rewrite this chapter from scratch, too. Technically, it isn’t from scratch. When I rewrite a chapter in this draft, I reuse the summary and incorporate new notes then fill in the gaps. But most the words I keep are new. […]

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Revision Step 1: Delete for Dialogue!

      This blog post looks at what to delete from dialogue in order to improve clarity, voice, logic, and flow. Dialogue is an area I struggle with but many other people love. By deleting content in your first step of revision, you won’t waste time polishing material you will only remove later on. […]

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Revision Step 1: Delete for Character!

This blog post looks at what to delete from your manuscript in order to improve clarity, voice, logic, and flow. By deleting content in your first step of revision, you won’t waste time polishing material you will only remove later on. And if deleting content leaves holes, you can brainstorm and fill the gaps with […]

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Revision Step 1: Delete for Summary and Description!

Delete key on PC keyboard (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This blog post looks at what to delete from events in order to improve clarity, voice, logic, and flow. By deleting content in your first step of revision, you won’t waste time polishing material you will only remove later on. And if deleting content leaves holes, you […]

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Revision Step 1: Delete for Conflict!

This blog post looks at what to delete from events in order to improve clarity, voice, logic, and flow. By deleting content in your first step of revision, you won’t waste time polishing material you will only remove later on. And if deleting content leaves holes, you can brainstorm and fill the gaps with something […]

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(quote) Ruskin Bond on style

“People often ask me why my style is so simple. It is, in fact, deceptively simple, for no two sentences are alike. It is clarity that I am striving to attain, not simplicity. “Of course, some people want literature to be difficult and there are writers who like to make their readers toil and sweat. […]

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