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”
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”
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”
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”
I’m about to start the editing journey again. Those long days of eating bags of chips and hitting your head against a wall because you just can’t…… Read more “Beginning the Journey: Alex’s Guide to Revision Part 1”
I used to be with you—ew, budgeting time. Gross. And any of my family and friends know that I may just be one of the most unscheduled and disorganized people ever in terms of time but somehow. But truth is, it actually works for me.
Look, guys, writing is hard. There’s plotting and planning and character-building and world-building and editing and revising and rewriting and querying. And, of course, writer’s block—the most horrible affliction of all. Here are some ways to try and combat it.
I’ve been down this writerly road several times. Revisions aren’t not easy. You might think it’ll be easy and you’ll be done in a few days, but yeah, no. Inevitably, there will be a lot of junk food consumed and tears shed, but you don’t have to let it take over. Here are a few ways to make sure revising doesn’t make you lose your marbles.