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Second Draft: Cannons were fired on Île-Ste-Hélène to honour Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837 and now, on Jan. 22, 1901, she was dead. Generations of Montrealers, like others among her subjects around the world, had known no other monarch. 607 more words

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second draft blues

I have a serious case of the second draft blues.

Okay, not blues – maybe what I have is more accurately described as a phobia. A second-draft-induced full-on panic attack. 292 more words


Easy Editing

Ugh! I hate editing, reviewing, re-writing; anything like that. The first draft of anything, be it a short story, poem, novel etcetera; is mind-blowingly difficult. The edit is equally demanding; a lot of my friends often say “Surely writing is easy? 382 more words

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Finished My Novel (for the time being)

So, finally after seven years of hard work, false dawns and bitterly regretting deleting hours, if not weeks and months of documents, I have finished the second draft of my first novel, The River (working title).  546 more words


Second Draft: How Montreal got its name

The new year was barely underway, but already an old debate had resumed — a debate whose echo can sometimes be heard today.

On the first Monday of 1847, a letter signed A Student appeared in The Gazette to set readers straight on the significance of the name Montreal. 595 more words

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The Emotional Rules for Revising: Think Twice, It’s Alright, by Lori Ann Palma

Picture this: you’ve just finished your manuscript. Oh joyous day! Whether a full length novel or short story or picture book manuscript, you lean back in your chair and a proud glow of having actually finished beams around your entire being. 788 more words

Second Draft: ’Petit treason’ threatened the social order

It was the last weekend of 1826. William Hunter and his wife, Mary, called on their neighbours the Gordons, perhaps to get a head start that evening on seeing in the new year. 605 more words

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