February 28, 2019

Over the past couple of months we've discussed extensively how to edit your work, questions you should ask during your first read-through, and how to decide whether to keep a scene. Today we'll discuss one of the scariest parts of writing: getting feedback. Specifically, we're going to talk about cr...

February 15, 2019

One of the best pieces of advice you'll hear is this: to be an excellent writer, you must first learn to kill your darlings. Most writers refer to flowery turns of phrase when they say this, but this advice applies to larger chunks of writing as well. Sometimes the darling you must kill is an entire...

January 30, 2019

Self-editing is the hardest part of the novel-writing process for most of us, but it's one you can't afford to skip if you want to become a successful author. Your self-edits transform the messy first draft into something beta readers will actually enjoy. They'll also make things much easier for you...

January 15, 2019

In 2018 you wrote a novel, and in 2019 you have a new, even more terrifying goal: to edit that novel into something worth publishing. You know the first step is to reread the first draft, so you've printed it out (or at least moved it to an ebook reader so you can look at it with a fresh perspective...

December 17, 2018

Earlier this month we discussed how you can build a consistent writing habit based on your NaNoWriMo experience. We focused on creating a writing schedule that works around your normal one. But what about when your regular schedule disappears? In all the craziness of the holiday season, how do you f...

November 30, 2018

In some parts of the world, NaNoWriMo is already over. In others, thousands of writers scramble to reach the finish line—or simply to add as many words to their novels as possible. No matter where you are, one thing is true: tomorrow, NaNoWriMo will be over. And if you want to become a published aut...

November 15, 2018

We are halfway through NaNoWriMo, and you're fighting off the last of the second-week slump. Or, if your creative process is anything like mine, you're entering it late. Either way, the words are flowing slower than molasses and you're starting to wonder why you ever agreed to this thing. You've com...

October 30, 2018

In two short days, NaNoWriMo begins. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are putting final touches on their outlines, stocking up on caffeinated beverages, and making other preparations for an epic month of novel writing. You've spent the past few weeks developing fascinating characters...

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