Tag Archive | rewriting

Trust Me, You NEED to Rewrite

In January I mentioned that I love reading Kris Rusch’s business blog for authors. She and her husband Dean Wesley Smith have a lot of advice I agree with, especially when it comes to navigating traditional publishing contracts and all aspects of self-publishing. But there is one thing that, every time I see it, I […]

Ripping out words like stitches

Ripping out words like stitches

As we work on our monthly word-count goals, one problem inevitably comes up. You write words that have to be deleted. They’re inconsistent with what went before, or they’re inauthentic, or they’re just irrelevant. Watching your word count go backward is like watching a sweater unravel. You may never have had to unravel a sweater, […]

Just Another Delimma

Just Another Delimma

It happens. Especially in the editing process, although it happens in the creation process as well. You’re happily (hopefully) working on your piece of art when suddenly, a new character or plot twist or something else hits you powerfully. You may love it or want to reject it, but usually you evaluate whether it can […]

Obsessive Compulsive Revisions

Obsessive Compulsive Revisions

  Does anyone else struggle with the desperate need to revise? Heaven forbid anyone should see the old draft. Even if I just recently decided how to change it or barely noticed an issue, it doesn’t matter how many people have critiqued it or how many times I’ve submitted it, I just have to change […]

3rd Draft: Week One, Keeping it Simple

3rd Draft: Week One, Keeping it Simple

Are you curious what the right way is to start a novel’s third draft? I was. While what I found may not be the right way, it has surely been a better way than what I did for the second draft. After spending a year filling up multiple binders with notes for an online editing […]

A New Year’s Resolution to Edit the Right Way

A New Year’s Resolution to Edit the Right Way

I just wrote a blog post for my website about how I improved as a writer in 2011, but it might be helpful to also write a post about how I can improve on what I did wrong in 2011. The good news is that even when we do things wrong in writing, we’re still […]