31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 31

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 31 Day 31: What’s your post-NaNoWriMo plan? Writing habits. Let’s assume that you can get through the next thirty days in once piece and make it to the finish line. When you finish, what is the next step for the manuscript? First things first, you should continue writing until you finish. Seriously. Do you think you’ll be able to continue at the same pace? If not, what adjustments do you plan to make to balance writing with end-of-semester and/or holiday obligations? If you do finish in fifty thousand words or less, you’ll want to evaluate for...

What Happens in the Different Editing Stages

What Happens in the Different Editing Stages This post originally appeared on a writing forum I frequent called LegendFire. If you’re looking for a place to exchange feedback or get inspired or talk poetry and prose more generally, you should check it out! “Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.” ― Patricia Fuller One of the biggest mistakes I made when I first started writing was to equate the word “editing” with merely correcting grammar and spelling. Although that is certainly an integral part of the writing process, it is by no means...

A Review of Writing a Novel with Scrivener by David Hewson

A Review of Writing a Novel with Scrivener by David Hewson Anyone who’s tried Scrivener remembers opening it up for the first time and–at least for a moment–being utterly overwhelmed by all the options available. I’m all about teaching yourself the software, but I knew I’d want to go through the included tutorial for this one. True to its word, I slogged through all thirty to fourty minutes of it. Overall, it felt like it was a little too basic. And I still felt like I knew nothing about the software. Then I found a little gem in Amazon’s Kindle store. It looked perfect. And for only $6?...

Critique & Grace

This is another post “pulled from the archives,” so to speak. It’s about two years old, but the observations I made then ring just as true now. I should perhaps preface this by explaining that my writing background is heavily dominated by my experience working at my college’s writing center. I didn’t just advise other people on their writing for fun (thought it was)–I was paid for it, too. So if it seems like revision is a love of mine, you’re right. It’s also just as important as the other parts of the writing process,...

In the Beginning

I think we’ve all seen this countless times. You find a piece of fiction online, read the summary and think, “huh, that sounds cool.” But once you’ve clicked chapter one and read through the first few paragraphs, you’re turned off. They’ve started that way, again: the typical description of the protagonist’s appearance heads off a page-long summary of her life story. I’ve even seen published novels written that way. Shudder. I took them back to the library promptly, without reading another word. So go and write the...

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