Source: Voice of experience: 5 things that established authors would tell new writers
Excellent advice, including the comments.
You can’t revise what you haven’t written…
A reminder to get the ideas out of my head and ‘written down’ even if they aren’t perfect!
The book is going to start where I first started it, in 2006. Nine years ago. I’ve looked at the first chapter so many times I have it memorized. It’s etched in stone. So even though there are sentences that don’t work, and I haven’t quite captured the feelings or mood I want, I’ve been mystified about how to change it/them.
Today my free first page critique arrived from Becca Puglisi at
I’ve never entered any kind of on-line contest, much less won one, so I was thrilled to be chosen for the July edition of Critiques 4 U.
This blog is an excellent source of ideas, inspiration, and writing advice. They (Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman) have also published three very useful reference books:
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression
The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes
The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws
These can be found at http://writershelpingwriters.net/bookstore/
But before I do any more work on refining the characters, I will have to kill a few darlings on the first page.
Thank you Becca, for giving me the courage to wield the delete key!
I have been struggling with this question since I wrote the ending to my novel in May 2010. I now have the answer, thanks to an excellent post by K.M. Weiland:
All the other possibilities I considered it turns out are actually the” inciting event,” the key event,” the “first plot point,” and something she so aptly calls “throat clearing.” I labeled it “Prologue.” All 54 pages… Turns out it’s back story, and may have to stay in my head.
No more excuses to procrastinate about editing in earnest. Thank you KM!
And which comes first?
I’ve been struggling with this question for several weeks now while editing my work in progress. Which book of writing advice should I be following?
Outlining Your Novel
Structuring Your Novel?
While I suspect this question might be yet another way of procrastinating actually working on the editing process, a did find an excellent answer to the question here:
“Proper story structure is never a choice. If we hope to write stories of worth and popularity, we should always seek to begin with structure. After that, we each have to identify and create the processes that will help us maximize both our creativity and productivity. And for most of us, the outline will be our greatest tool in building strong stories with spot-on structure.”
So the answer is outline comes first – if you’re going to have one.
I’m now on draft 15, so I can make outlines a plenty…. now what? How do I decide which scenes to keep?
Time to revisit the Mission Statement. Tomorrow’s procrastination exercise 😉