Tag Archives: novel revision

The Writing Process Blog Tour

11 Jul
Photo by Oliver Hammond

Photo by Oliver Hammond

Hey, so today’s post will be a bit different. I was tagged by my writing friend Pat Esden for The Writing Process Blog Tour.

I’ll share a bit about my current work in progress and what my own writing process is like. Maybe you’re the same, maybe you’re totally different, but hopefully we can learn a bit about each other. Continue reading

How To Get Your Writing Groove Back

9 Jun
Photo by Fred Scharmen

Photo by Fred Scharmen

“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Diaz

Hello, there. It’s me again. Remember me? Yes, it’s been a while, but I’m still here. I’m still writing.

Amongst many changes and all the ups and downs that have taken control of my life in the last six months, I am still writing. My twitter feed may have dwindled, my blog outright suffered, but I held fast to the golden rule – NEVER STOP WRITING.

I admire those people who write at the same time every day like clockwork, come rain or shine. But sometimes life happens. It really just does. When life forces your writing to take a detour, how do you find your way back?
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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

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

Four Easy Steps To Start Revising Your Novel

19 Mar
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Photo by Victor Bezrukov (cc)


Even the mere mention of it will make you want to pull out your hair, can bring the most seasoned writers to their knees, and makes small puppies cry.  Okay, maybe not the last one.  But you get my drift.

No one looks forward to revising, but hopefully the following tips can help make the process a little easier. Continue reading

The Best Way To Lose Your Reader — The First Page

11 Feb
Photo by Marcus Hansson (cc)

Photo by Marcus Hansson (cc)

Those first few pages of your manuscript can make it or break it.  Can draw a potential reader in or push them away.  When you browse the bookstore, you don’t open up to the middle of the book where the meat of the action is.  You scan the first page to know if you want to read more.  If you don’t like what you see, you put it back.

How do you avoid your story being rejected before it even gets read? Continue reading