That story, with its unoriginal characters and cliché storyline, was my first ever attempt at a novel. Now, after eight years, three failed attempts at novels, and two successful ones, I can still see a clear path from that story to my newest one.
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Matt’s staring at him, lips pulled down and eyes soft like he knows what Braedyn’s thinking, what he’s gonna say. It’s not the first time; it won’t be the last. “Nah,” Braedyn says, shaking his head. “Not today.” Then he turns around and walks away.
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About a month ago, I wrote a masterpost of all my writing-related blog posts, and then decided to put together a list of links from others that have helped me become a better writer as well. Since my ‘writing’ bookmark folder is huge, that masterlist of links ended up being split into two parts, the first […]
Read more "Writing Advice Masterpost Part 2: Revising, Editing and Querying"
A couple weeks ago I promised a list of all the writing resources I’ve come across that have helped me become a better writer. I hope these links can help you as much as they’ve helped me.
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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 notes between the lines and in the margins. It’s the best way, they say. Meanwhile, you whimper at the cost of printing out all that paper, or the […]
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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.
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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 a second revision. Save it under a new file name. Change the font. Print it out, if you can. Think on a word- and sentence-level. Though the big […]
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 revision. Ready? You’ve let your manuscript sit for a few weeks minimum? Changed the font? Read it through? Okay. Let’s get started.
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