Look, editing is hard. I’ve said it many, many times. When you’re starting, it can be incredibly confusing. One person tells you to do this, and another…… Read more “The Editing Style Guide”
A lot of revision advice goes back to this: print out your novel. Grab a red pen and park yourself in a chair and write out painstaking…… Read more “Pro-Tip: Read Your Manuscript in iBooks”
Writing is hard. Unfortunately, querying can be even harder. I’ve been through the query trenches time and time again, and written about it a lot, too. Through…… Read more “How To Get A Submission: Query Letter Edition”
The struggle to properly edit one’s novel gets harder and harder as the months drag on. But I think I’ve found a solution: reading my novel out loud.
And here’s six reasons why you should read your novel out loud, too.
I’m in the third revision of my novel right now. I’ve done all the major revisions of the text and finished all those nasty structural edits. All…… Read more “The All-Inclusive Character Questionnaire You’ve Been Waiting For”
A couple of weeks ago, I watched the 2015 Disney/Pixar film Inside Out with my parents. I really enjoyed it, because not only was it poignant and…… Read more “Character Questions: ‘Inside Out’ Style”
One of the most controversial things I’ve heard about in writing circles is what people use to keep themselves motivated. On one side, you have the purists…… Read more “Writing Motivation: What’s Your Method?”
So we’ve done all the messy stuff, all the major structural surgery. Now, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty—polishing off that revision. Treat it like…… Read more “The Final Polish: Alex’s Guide to Revision Part 4”
So we’ve covered all that annoying pre-revision stuff and how to revise your characters. Now, it’s time to move on to what you’ve been waiting for—starting that…… Read more “Take Apart Those Sentences: Alex’s Guide to Revision Part 3”
Characters are a big thing for me. I mean, duh—I’m a writer. But I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for character. Above all else,…… Read more “Badass-ify Your Characters: Alex’s Guide to Revision Part 2”