Tag Archive | Editing

The Benefits of Sprinting for the Distance Runner

I’m a distance runner That’s a label that took me a while for me to wrap my arms around. I always hated running. Like with a passion. Like I walked at least part of the way every time a gym teacher or coach told us to run a mile. There was the time I ran a mile for the […]

The Benefit of Contests

The Benefit of Contests

I judge writing contests on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes for smaller, informal contests, like for a classroom, sometimes larger contests for a conference, and, obviously, the annual Havok contest. First of all, kudos to all of you who have ever entered a contest! It is a huge thing to put your work out there […]

Your Story is Contrived

Your Story is Contrived

I was doing a brainstorming session with a client not long ago, and she mentioned how she finds herself trying to emulate George R. R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson by adding multiple layers and and intrigues and subplots, and it was frustrating for her, because it wasn’t really what she wanted to write, but she […]

Joy In The Day To Day

Joy In The Day To Day

“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

The Editing Battle

The Editing Battle

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann Sometimes writing feels like you’re in a battle with the blank page or in a battle with the pages of words you’ve already written. Sometimes it really feels like this: But there are also the times when […]

Desperate

Desperate

This is how I’ve felt recently, desperate to finish. I’ve had this story on my heart for a while now and in the past couple of years it’s taken off. The story has grown a wider cast, an extra world, more books. At the end of June I have an editorial review scheduled and at […]

What I Learned From Cutting 70,000 Words

What I Learned From Cutting 70,000 Words

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart The second draft of my first YA novel was 165,000 words long. I swore up and down that not one word could be removed without damaging the entire story. *snort* Then I began seeking publication. The more I read from YA publishers and writing blogs, the more I became convinced that […]