Tag Archives: editing

How To Write A Book In 6 Months

13 Jul
Photo by Alba Garriga

Photo by Alba Garriga

Six months? Impossible, right? No. Nothing’s impossible if you’re willing to work for it. So ask yourself: how bad do you want it?

If you’ve noticed I’ve been MIA recently, it’s because I’m currently writing a novel in six months, and that’s on top of a full-time job that keeps me away from home for ten days at a time.

Even with your job, and your family, and your desire to maintain your sanity, you can do it too. Here’s how: Continue reading

Self-Publishing – Where To Begin?

6 Dec
Photo by Owni

Photo by Owni

I’m not going to pretend that I’m an expert on self-publishing.  I started this blog to do the same thing you’re here for — to learn.

So I’ve been doing a lot of research to provide you with a quick and dirty guide, along with some links that I found helpful during my own search that will expand on this basic info — a lot of which I learned from Sean Cranbury during the SIWC. Continue reading

Self-Publishing – Is It Right For You?

19 Nov
Photo by Milos Milosevic

Photo by Milos Milosevic

It’s that time of year again.  Nanowrimo!  And following every November, the self-publishing business gets a little crowded.   So to celebrate, I’ve got some great posts lined up to help you decide if you want to stick to tradition or become an indie trailblazer.

When it comes to publishing your novel, there is no right or wrong answer, but here are some things to consider first: Continue reading

Why Word Count Counts

15 Jul
Photo by Chip Sillesa

Photo by Chip Sillesa

Books come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they?  Some can slide into your pocket, while others could anchor a cruise ship.

So, you’ve written a 200,000 word novel.  I bet you can’t wait to see that doorstopper on bookshelves, right?  Think again. Continue reading

Why Happily Ever After Is Overrated

11 Apr
Illustration by Willy Pogany Photo by Sofi (cc)

Illustration by Willy Pogany
Photo by Sofi (cc)

… And they all lived happily ever after.  The end.

And then you close the book, give a satisfied sigh, and move on with your life.  We all love that feeling of completeness, of contentedness, don’t we?  Boy gets the girl, girl saves the day, prince marries the princess.

But what about those books that don’t leave us content?  That leave us with those nagging thoughts or sense of disquiet.  Sometimes those are the novels that stick with us long after we close the book.  And isn’t that the effect we want on OUR readers? Continue reading

Revision vs Editing Tips

1 Apr
Photo by The Culinary Geek (cc)

Photo by The Culinary Geek (cc)

Revision is to ice cream as editing is to the sprinkles on top.  Sure, it’s still dessert without the sprinkles, but that final touch is what perfects it, makes it irresistible.

Now that you’ve looked after the BIG problems during the revision phase, you have to think SMALL, er… small.  Editing is all about polishing your prose and cleaning up the tiny errors hidden throughout your writing.  Continue reading

Five Tips For Novel Revision – The BIG Picture

23 Mar
Photo by Christo de Klerk (cc)

Photo by Christo de Klerk (cc)

When it comes to revision, think BIG.

Big mistakes, big changes.  Forget about the finicky word alterations or improving sentence structure.  If you sweat the small stuff at this stage, you’ll lose sight of the bigger picture… and you’ll also lose your mind.  Not to mention, if you’ve still got big changes happening, why waste your time on the details that won’t matter if you end up cutting the chapter entirely?

So what should we focus on when revising? Continue reading