The last few weeks have been exhausting. However, I am back in the flow of editing my novel and organizing blog posts.
To resume from where I left off. One of the things that I have pinned on a sticky note on my desk, is smooth transitions for chapters and POV. For me this is crucial. If it stands out, it pulls the reader away from the story thus, putting the book back on the shelf unread.
I have put together six ways to ensure the POV change in your novel are smooth and make the reader finish and love your book.
I love the rewriting and redrafting process.
Once I finished my first draft of A Time of Stones, I printed the whole thing out and did the first pass with handwritten notes.
I write all kinds of notes in the margins and scribble and cross things out. I note down new scenes that need writing, continuity issues, problems with characters and much more. That first pass usually takes a while. Then I go back and start a major rewrite based on those notes. After that’s done, I will print again and repeat the process, but that usually results in fewer changes.
Within the repeated process, there are a few things that will help that revision your manuscript shine.
Aside from writing itself, I believe reading is the single most important element in a healthy writing life.
As Natalie Goldberg pointed out:
If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.
You should be reading the type of stories we want to write. Why? Here are five reasons.
It’s NanoWriMo season again, and it’s time to talk about patience. It is important to understand how your skills as a writer develop and what realistic goals you can set for yourself. For those just beginning the annual event or veterans, here are some things to take away from NaNoWriMo.
We were all saddened by the passing of Stan Lee, the legendary comic book artist and co-creator of some of pop culture’s most enduring superheroes. As a fiction writer, I have always appreciated Stan Lee’s method of writing, even though I have never written comics before – there are lessons in which fiction writers can learn from him.
Here are six inspiring quotes from the legendary creator of superheroes.
It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.
For those new to my blog, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. I haven’t posted in a while but I want to stay on the topic of rejection letters.
Here is last weeks post, My First Rejection Letter and today I want to question:
What did you do after your rejection letter?
Daily writing habits are essential to help clear our minds and begin generating a current of ideas that, with consistency, will only get stronger over time. I believe it is extremely important to the success of a writer, and how we evolve in our craft, to make a habit of writing every day, especially if we are participating in NaNoWriMo.
No one says that forming a daily writing routine will be easy! Writing is truly a discipline.
Here are three strategies I have used to create a daily writing habit:
If there is one thing most authors have in common, besides the sheer agony that sometimes accompanies the writing process, it is the dreaded Rejection Letter from an agent or publisher.
Nobody wants to red a stry wit erors. That’s why proofreading is essential.
I am in the third round of edits for my debut novel, A Time of Stones and some might not enjoy it but I love the proofreading and editing process. It’s a time to focus on each word, correcting superficial errors in spelling, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and formatting. So the reader can trust the author and immerse into the story.
If you’d like to expedite your proofreading so you can get back to writing your story, consider these three tips.
It’s that time again. NaNoWriMo! Here are some tricks to making this write-a-novel-in-a-month exercise work for you.