Category Archives: Editing

Revising Fiction

Send to KindleLadies and Gentlemen, an announcement: The next online “Revising Fiction” workshop has been scheduled to begin on August 13 and is now open for registration. This workshop is for writers with a complete draft of a novel or … Continue reading

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Editing: Brain Surgery for Writers

Send to Kindle  If you needed brain surgery, how much time would you invest in searching for the right brain surgeon? Knowing that outcomes vary, experience and dexterity matter, competence is paramount, and an incompetent practitioner can leave the patient … Continue reading

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The Biology of Fiction: Putting Stimulus Before Reaction

Send to Kindle  Before we were writers, we were readers; and to understand how fiction works, we must first understand what happens to us when we read fiction.  When we immerse ourselves in an absorbing story, the real world fades … Continue reading

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What To Do Once You’ve “Finished” Your Novel

Send to KindleEvery once in a while, I come across a blog post so informative that I just need to share it. Jo Bourne, for those of you who don’t already know her, is a critically acclaimed writer of historical … Continue reading

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Completing the Circle: From Idea to Book to Audience

Send to KindleIf you’ve ever gone to a writers’ conference, chances are you’ve met Elizabeth Lyon. As the author of half a dozen widely-read guides to the craft and business of writing, including The Sell Your Novel Took Kit: Everything … Continue reading

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Good Writers are Good Editors

Send to Kindle  Consider this scenario.  The first novel of writer John Doe has landed on the desk of a leading literary agent. Attached to the title page is a post-it from the agent’s assistant: “Good writer!” it says. The … Continue reading

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