I wrote my first four novels without any outside input up to the point when I sent the second draft to a small group of pre-readers, made more changes and then on to my editor. Then I moved home from London to the English south coast and started work on novel number five, which became…
By Lisa M. Lilly
You’ve finished a first draft of your novel. Now what?
If you’re like most writers (including me), your draft includes points that require more research, scenes that trail off, plot holes, or all of the above.
Addressing every issue at once is overwhelming. The five steps below can organize and speed up your revision process.
Step One: Start With The Story
Once you’ve let your novel sit for at least a week, read it all the way through. Focus on your plot, asking yourself:
- Is there conflict on page one?
- Does the plot turn in a significant way at each quarter point in the novel?
- Is your protagonist actively pursuing her goals?
- Does your antagonist strenuously oppose your protagonist?
- Does tension increase as the story progresses?
- Do the events logically flow from one another?
- Does your climax resolve the major plot issues and pay off emotionally…
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By Joan Selby
As a writer, proofreading your work is one of the most grueling tasks. Most writers (perhaps even the majority of writers) don’t like doing it. Even so, it is a vital part of the entire writing process because this helps you improve your work’s overall result. During this process, you start looking for any grammatical mistakes, spelling or punctuation mistakes. You make sure that you transmit your ideas logically and in a well-defined manner.
Due to recent advances in technology, writers are inclined to use the grammar-checking software. It can ease the entire process, that’s for sure, it can’t be compared to a human proofreader and editor. This kind of software should be used as a complement to the human proofreader, not a replacement.
If you want to skip the proofreading process, you can always hire a professional editor from various services such as BestEssays. This…
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Friday is here again, which means another blog post from me!
Today I’m following up on last week’s post on the importance of developmental editing, by popular request, with a how-to for writers who want to try and do it themselves. (If you missed last week’s post, read it here.)
Meanwhile, on our blog, I hope you enjoyed this week’s post from Byron Gillan, on magic and environment in fantasy (read it here) and Sean Gallagher’s great post on his own magic in the world of Mysts (read it here). Next month, we’ll be talking about what inspires us to write the fantasy stories we write, so stay tuned for that.
Before I dive into the how-to, I want to announce something exciting that I’m starting next Friday. World Builders 3.0!
For those who followed the World Builders series, this started with the original world builders (read…
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Some words have a habit of creeping into your writing, when you aren’t looking, and making it bland.
If you can prune them out, there will be an instant improvement.
Find out some of the main culprits, and what to do about them in this post.
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My introduction to Janna Marlies Maron came when my essay “Something to Do with Baldness” was accepted for publication at Under the Gum Tree, a reader supported, full-size, quarterly literary arts magazine that specializes in creative nonfiction, with visual artwork and photo essays alongside feature essays and four regular department sections: Fork and Spoon, Soundtrack, 24 Frames a Second, and Stomping Ground. Janna is the editor and publisher of Under the Gum Tree, which she began five years ago with the publication of the first issue in August of 2011.
Under the Gum Tree was my first creative nonfiction print publication in the January 2014 issue, and I was ecstatic when I received my copy, which has gorgeous artwork by Jane Ryder. The magazine is printed on high quality paper with a thick card-stock cover and the pages have that slick coffee table-display feel. I couldn’t believe my…
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By Gloria Kopp
In today’s marketplace, getting your work out there is often considered more crucial than checking it for errors first. As good as it feels to be the first with a new story, though, it’s embarrassing when readers pick up on the mistakes you made in your haste to get published. Here’s the most common errors writers make when proofreading and editing, and how to avoid them.
Getting too familiar with the content
Have you actually read over your writing and decided it looks fine, only to spot a glaring error once it’s gone live? It’s thanks to your brain filling in the gaps in your writing without you knowing it. For example, if you write the word ‘liaise’ but actually mistype it as ‘liase’, your brain will fill in the missing ‘i’ for you, meaning you miss the spelling error.
The best way around this is to make…
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