Revision

Revision

You may have noticed I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I apologize. I’ve been trudging through the messy (and glorious) bog of revision. Yes, I’m revising this book for the 800th time! Yes, I’ve added 20,000 new words to the manuscript. Yes, I’ve changed the entire format of the novel from vignettes to traditional…

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5 Tools to Survive as a Writer

“Don’t tell me what I want to hear. Tell me what is intolerable to bear alone that we must hide it in a story.” – Libba Bray In all her guts, glory, humor, and wisdom the fabulous and charismatic Libba Bray spoke at the 2011 LA SCBWI Conference. During her keynote speech she shared the…

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Quote of the Week: Annie Dillard

“On plenty of days the writer can write three or four pages, and on plenty of other days he concludes he must throw them away.” ~ Annie Dillard Annie Dillard is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author. She is best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published two novels, poetry, essays, prose,…

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What I Learned from Assistant Editor Sara Sargent

A few days ago I spoke about what I learned from editor Jessica Garrison (Dial Books), at the SCBWI 2010 NY Writer’s Intensive. Today I’ll share what I learned from my second critique with assistant editor Sara Sargent. In case you didn’t read the previous post, at the event authors were given the opportunity to…

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What I Learned from Editor Jessica Garrison

I participated in the 2010 NY SCBWI Writer’s Intensive. This is a great opportunity where  authors get to sit down at a round table with an Editor and get feedback on the first 500 words of his/her manuscript. The neat thing about this type of set-up is not only do you get personal feedback, but…

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Just Listen: Getting a Professional Critique

A lot of conferences offer special opportunities to have your work read by an agent or editor. This exciting opportunity can be invaluable, but it can also be nerve wracking and in some cases down-right confusing. How much weight do you give one person’s opinion? What if you get conflicting feedback? What if they don’t like it? To settle…

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Ten Ways to Upgrade Your Manuscript (Part Two)

And now, ladies and gentleman, it is time for our final five tips and tricks on how to upgrade your manuscript! Please be sure to get Maralys Willis’ first five tips here: Ten Ways to Upgrade Your Manuscript (Part One). TEN WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR MANUSCRIPT (PART TWO) 6. Upgrade All Dialog The beauty of…

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Ten Ways to Upgrade Your Manuscript (Part One)

Aside from the huge issues of plot, characterization, and theme, dozens of small devices line in wait, ready to make a manuscript better. Simply by applying the following techniques, authors have moved their manuscripts from good to publishable. The following methods, shared by author Maralys Willis at the IWOSC seminar in March, and are applicable…

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What Now? Revision.

Editor Jordan Brown loves revision. This is his job! It’s his job to help an author get his/her vision onto the page. By speaking at the 2009 SCBWI Conference Brown hopes he can also help all of you (would-be authors) to discover your own vision. So if you’re ready to get down to the nitty-gritty of revision – read on! “Sometimes you…

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