As C.J. Cherryh wrote, “It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” Here are five tips on how to approach the second draft of your novel-in-making.
Just because a story is old doesn’t automatically mean that it’s terrible. Here are five tips on how to make the most of an ancient manuscript that you might have once forgotten in a drawer somewhere.
By Joshua Isard
The agendas with which you approach your story might be holding the narrative back.
Here's five hard questions you need to ask yourself before tackling the dreaded rewrite.
By BH Shepherd
A fun exercise to help you push forward when writing your novel becomes a slog.
The story of a fifty-four year old’s debut novel. Twenty-plus years of writing, revising, letting it sit, then rewriting and re-revising some more.
While it's tempting to revisit old stories that never quite got off the ground, it can be harmful to your progress as a writer.
Ask an author how long it took them to write a book, and the answer is always different. Here are three times a novel is finished, and how they each relate to author mindset.
The first draft always feels like the hardest part to finish...until you start the second draft. Get through the second-draft slump with these tips.
If these steps can help alcoholics stay sober, maybe they can also help struggling writers.
Learn how to identify and fix common problems in your opening chapter.
A list of ten simple edits that can immediately improve whatever writing you're working on.
Sometimes it will be good, sometimes it will be bad, and sometimes it will be down right ugly, but writing a shitty first draft will give you a finished book.
I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.
The Literary Food Pyramid explained.
By Leah Rhyne
Want to give a friend a beta read? Want to actually be GOOD at it? Read on for some tips!
By Alex Segura
Acclaimed crime/mystery novelist Alex Segura talks about finding inspiration for his next book in his own family's Cuban history.
A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.
When it comes to writing, your story can be conventional or weird, but it has to be satisfying.
By Leah Rhyne
Sometimes a story can get away from its author, going places it never should have dared. What can the author do to pull it back in and make it (hopefully) good again?
By Beth Lewis
You've got a long road ahead of you. Here's how to persevere.
You want to edit your own writing. Here's how to get started.
You've just completed NaNoWriMo and have a messy first draft to show for it. Now what?
Focusing on the first five pages, sentences, or even words of your manuscript can help you get noticed amid the piles of slush.