Tag: Editing

Editing is Hard Work

Editing is Hard Work

Posted January 30, 2013
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While I know I am exceptionally, delightfully bad at updating any and all of my blogs, I must confess, my motivation to edit a novel isn’t much better.  I love, love, love tearing apart other peoples’, but mine… it’s harder.  My inclination is to rewrite.  And then my characters get bi-polar and plots get tangled like string and just… ack. I’m working through Strange at the moment, and I keep telling myself – keep going!  It’s almost at the interesting part!  Whenever I task myself to re-write a story, I get this brilliant idea that something needs to change.  In […]

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Reblog: How to Cut Thousands of Words Without Shedding a Tear

Posted April 30, 2012
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This is a reblog from Rachelle Gardner.  Cutting down words is one of my greatest difficulties, and I hope that her advice is helpful to those who have similar problems!  The original post can be found here. . . . Is your book too long? Does it feel a bit wordy, perhaps slightly bloated? Or . . . does it feel perfect but it’s a little high in word count? There comes a time in every writer’s life when they need to reduce their word count. Ack! Not my precious words! Even if your word count is fine, most writers would […]

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The Burger of a Novel

The Burger of a Novel

Posted September 6, 2011
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Writing a novel is the fun part. It’s like the meat in a taco, a burger in its bun, that delicious gooey apple filling in a Apple Cinnamon donut at Dunkin’ Donuts. Unfortunately for those of us who prefer to wipe off the cinnamon and just eat the delicious pie filling, writing doesn’t work like that. You cannot have an epiphany in the morning, then write a brilliant novel, and be done with it. As nice as that would be, it doesn’t work that way. Research. Research has always been my nemesis (or maybe that was plot?). I have to […]

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