This meme has been floating around, and got my re-thinking about something I think on often... HOW DO TYPOS SURVIVE? For those traditionally published, you KNOW that typos make it into the final version of your book - almost every single time. (I'll admit to a tiny part of me being giddy when I find … Continue reading Edit Rounds, Typos, and the Finished Project…
The thing I hear most often at writing conferences is the following : I’ve edited and edited. Worked and worked. And I still can’t get an agent or publisher interested in my Manuscript. So, I paired up with MAKEREADY DESIGNS/QUIRKS & COMMAS to offer the following: A free read of chapter one (no more than 4k) – at … Continue reading Manuscript Isn’t Selling?
So, my last post talked about how EGO is not for EDITING, and we got into a discussion about giving and receiving feedback, which turned into - HOW CAN I BE A BETTER CRIT PARTNER? Be Aware of Bias Critique Like a Sandwich - ALWAYS smoosh the not so great things, with the great things … Continue reading Critique Like a Sandwich
I've seen a lot of authors struggle for years to get their books out into the world, and something that many of them have in common, is the unwillingness to accept critiques. There are a million reasons under the sun to keep something in your story the way you want to keep it, but when … Continue reading EGO is not for editing
I've deleted a lot of words. I've left ENTIRE novels to rot on my hard drive. I've re-written some of those "left to rot" novels without opening the original document. I've cut chapters. Words. Characters. Places. I've re-done entire endings. Sometimes more than once. I've re-organized and spend all day deleting and adding and … Continue reading There are NO wasted words
You know that really annoying saying out there that says - WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW? And as creative people, we kind of HATE THAT? Because we write mythical creatures and experiences and things we'll never actually KNOW? This is why research is so important. I spend a lot of time thinking about a novel before … Continue reading Mad Drafting Skillz Part II: Pre-writing RESEARCH
If you get the reference of the title, you're either OLD or HAVE COOL PARENTS or a ROCKIN' CHOIR TEACHER. ANYYYYYWAAAAAYYYY. On the original version of BEEN WRITING? I had the awesome and talented author and editor CASSIE MAE on to give some tips on common mistakes, and she KILLED it, so I wanted to … Continue reading Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma-Chameleon…
I know authors who get their first pass edits, start a whole new document, and re-write their novel. You think that's crazy? I know people who have favorite scenes they can't let go of, and will fight and work and re-work a novel to keep that scene in, when it no longer makes sense. You … Continue reading In Brief: Whacking off LIMBS