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Stopping to Smell the Not-so-Metaphorical Roses

This block has been something else. I had a cold for the first week of class and got a stomach flu during the second weekend. My wonderful mother came to visit just this past weekend, and all the while I have been writing like a mad woman for class (Advanced Fiction Writing, for those of you who don’t know). 463 more words

Making Progress

I am moving along faster than I expected on my work on the second draft of my post-apocalyptic novel. I am now almost two-thirds of the way through this revision, which has been full of cutting, changing, revising, and writing new chapters. 279 more words

The novel is finished - now the fun REALLY begins :-)

Tomorrow night, I begin the process of editing and revising/re-writing my first draft.

I’ve been told that you’re not supposed to edit your own books, much like you’re not supposed to mix or master your own albums.   92 more words

First Novel

Subtle Revisions

I’m working on revisions now, and one thing I’m running into a lot is scenes where something has subtly changed in this revision. Maybe a character knows something earlier than they did in the previous draft, or their relationship with another character has changed, or the previous scene they just came from had a different feel to it, so the main character should be in a different headspace. 272 more words

When That Scene Just Doesn't Work

We’ve all been there.

You’re typing away madly, barely hanging on as your characters get deeper and deeper into trouble. Or you’re lost in the rush of the words, the meter and cadence and rhythm. 1,315 more words

Writing And Books

Re Beginnings Chapter 2 -- Overboard

King of Swamp Castle: When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show them. 551 more words


On Revision: How, Exactly, Do I Murder My Darlings?

After boiling my novel down to Just One Thing and identifying some crap, I need to decide what to do with it all. Here is how, exactly, I am going to murder my darlings (and whether I will in the end). 1,382 more words