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.
By Repo Kempt
Learn how to identify and fix common problems in your opening chapter.
By Repo Kempt
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Derk
Ever tried drafting a piece 10 times? Maybe you should. Maybe you need to.
Maybe you've written an epic novel that requires 110,000 words or more to tell its story. Or maybe you've written a novel that's 30,000 words too long.
There comes a time in every author's life where they get to see their book on paper...and then they tear it up, write all over it, and do it all over again. I'm there now. Let's talk about it.
In this installment of So You Want To Edit A Book, we talk about the first, dreadful rewrite - how I do it, what I try to fix, where I mess up, and what I intentionally leave for later.
Why Scrivener? What can it do for your writing? Go beyond the "click here" tutorials and consider how this software can improve your work habits and the quality of your content.