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Last week, I gave a detailed account of the first half of my revisions process – the fun and creative but sometimes arduous task of making sure the actual story is just right. Plot and character development must be nailed down before I waste time on anything else. After all, it’s in that phase where I make the most profound changes and there’s no use spending a lot of time on perfecting the words of a sentence or a whole paragraph that might not be there later. We left off with my WIP in the hands of my first round … Continue reading


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Last time, I gave a step-by-step rundown of my revision process and explained how I “use” (that sounds so bad) alphas, betas and critique partners. Now, we can begin breaking the process down, starting with the first few rounds of revisions. These rounds are both fun and painful at the same time. They’re fun, because I’m still in the creative part of the process. There’s still a lot of new writing going on and I’m coming up with new ideas for plot twists, suspense thickeners and character development. They’re painful because it means chopping up what I’d once thought was a … Continue reading


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Mention the word “revisions” around a group of writers, and you’ll get a mixed chorus of “ugh!” and “squee!” It’s true – some writers hate revisions while others love them. Those who hate them say they prefer the creative part of the process and hate getting bogged down with the technicalities of grammar and sentence structure and rewriting the same sentence 23 times before getting it exactly right (only to end up deleting it in a later round). Others say they love giving their stories that beautiful polish, knowing that every change is making the story and the writing better. … Continue reading


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National Novel Writing Month (November) has ended and now there are people all over the world asking, “Now what? I wrote a whole book. What do I do next?” Well, first, CELEBRATE!!! Finishing a book is a huge accomplishment. The saying goes that everyone has a book in them. That may be true, but not everyone wants to write a book. Of the millions of people who do want to write one, only a fraction actually start. And of those who start, only a small fraction actually finish. So you are basically one in a million! Or, at least, one in … Continue reading


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Do you get that fluttery, queasy feeling in your gut when crit partners return your story? You know, excited but sick-to-your-stomach nervous? You can’t wait to see their reaction to the plot, to the characters, to the beginning, the middle and the end, to the twists and turns, etc. Do they love Mr. Hawtness as much as you do? Did they see that twist coming? Which lines made them laugh? Did they cry? But for me, the most disconcerting question of all, especially while under deadline as I am now, is… How much more work do I need to do? … Continue reading


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