Joy has kindly provided useful notes on revising your writing, taken from a writing conference. I’m really enjoying the microfixes section!
Figuring out how to take the first step into the publishing world is hard. Lucky there are great informative, easy-to-understand overviews such as this one. I couldn’t be farther from this stage (hah, I’m still trying to write a sensible prologue!) but if I ever get there, I’ll be sure to whip this back out for a good look.
Congratulations! You have your book finished—and now you want to publish it. What do you do? How many options are there?
Firstly, what is your goal? Are you planning on sharing your book with your mom and your great aunt Molly? Then you want to use Print On Demand. If you have a larger audience in mind, but don’t have the time—nor the patience—to wait for Traditional Publishing, you can always try Self Publishing; it is a road where you are judge, advocate and jury…so be prepared. If none of these fit your style, you can embrace the transformers of the publishing world: Hybrid Publishing.
What is Print On Demand?
- POD is an option to upload your manuscript AS IS to a site, and they will convert it to an eBook, as well as print a limited number of books for you.
- This does not allow for…
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A well-written, true (and very interesting) tribute to creative minds everywhere. Good stuff!
Everything Is Interesting
For the creative person, everything is interesting.
Every natural wonder, every man-made phenomenon, every moment of human interaction no matter how small or insignificant or significant or world-changing or spontaneous or planned or tragic or brutal, every design or act of chaos is a fascinating study of “Why?”
Every thing is the spark for an opportunity to create.
Every surface is a medium for the intended message.
Every person is a character study for a writer: facial response to sucking a lemon; every mannerism, action, the way the old man eats cake with a knife and fork in a cafe; the way a girl rummages through her backpack; the way pigeons scatter when a child runs through them.
Every sound is a potential sample for a musician: the rattle of a stick down a fence; the clack of a typewriter hammer; the echo…
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The worst part of the day finally came. He stood silently on the wall as the first ship sank its anchor.
If your character is used to killing, write about how they feel when they save a life.
If your character has never killed, write about the time they did.
Camp NaNo is proving to be a hard mile, but seeing this awesome poster/comic made my day! Every writer, artist or aspiring creativist (is that a word) should have something like this on their wall. I’m planning to order a poster version and tack it up on mine!
Buy the poster HERE!
P.S. I’m ever more motivated to read John Green’s books now. We got An Abundance of Katherines for my boyfriend’s sister (no prizes for guessing her name, though you probably won’t get the right spelling, haha). I still can’t believe my library doesn’t stock The Fault In Our Stars!
P.P.S. Behind but still soldiering on for Camp. I know it’s been quiet with updates – I’ll return full force after I WIN this
embarrassing NaNo experience! Hope the writing goes well for everyone!
This short, sweet and simple list recaps 25 of the most basic checklist for writers. While reading, I was reminded of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. The best advice is quite often the most simple.
So I’ve posted these already on my Facebook and Twitter pages but I wanted to compile a list of all 25 tips together. Also, if you would like you can find these on my Facebook page and my Twitter feed where I post one writing tip a day.
- Fall in love with reading first. Then fall in love with writing next.
- Learn the rules of good writing before you break them.
- Perfect the art of imperfection.
- What is obvious to you may not necessarily be obvious to your audience.
- Writing starts with one person: you.
- Do: be specific. Do not: be vague.
- Every line in your story must be there for a reason. If there isn’t, get rid of it.
- To avoid confusion, avoid jargon.
- Avoid starting a sentence with a numeral.
- Before you become a full-fledged writer, you must first stop making excuses.
- Your writing can constantly…
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“Let’s disturb the peace.”
Your characters are suddenly required to dance. Show us those moves! Or waltzing catastrophes.
They were hungry. And they were staring at me.
It was the last time he was ever going to help her.
What does this song make you think of?
“I want to introduce you to Yomira. Behind that beautiful smile lies another layer that not many people are allowed to see. It’s a life full of pain, hurt, abuse, loneliness, thoughts of suicide, and fear.
For almost seven months, we have had the wonderful opportunity to provide Yomira with a loving home. She moved in with us last year, shortly after Christmas. I won’t go into all the details, but it was the result of a broken home and all six of the kids needed places to stay. As I wrote about a couple months ago, we are putting our two girls in a local Christian school here in the Charlotte area. We talked and prayed about it and felt we needed to see if there would be any chance of getting Yomira into the school as well. While living with her father, she missed a lot of days due to bullying.”
I had spent $4.50 on fish and chips the day I read Chris Martin’s post. It was a delicious lunch, though somewhat unnecessary. The iced chocolate that followed it was even more whimsical. I just like my food very, very much.
I’m not telling you about my appetite to preach about sacrificing that small dollar for a better cause; I’m sure you’ve all heard it somewhere already. Instead, I want to show you that it’s possible to get even more happiness from spending less than I did on a yummy but unnecessary lunch.
Yomira might not need fish and chips, but she needs our help. There are things some of us take for granted that others may never have, and as I sat in front of my computer with a full belly and uni mid-sem exams as my biggest woes, I realised there was no way I could not do my part to help Yomira.
Chris Martin’s wonderful family is trying to give Yomira a second chance at a happier school life and they’ve given us a chance to help change a life at the smallest costs. Helping another person is a priceless cause that gives us a feeling no amount of money can buy. That small dollar can keep your spirits up longer than a pricier lunch – most importantly, it can make all the difference to a girl’s life.
That’s why I would really appreciate it if any one of you would consider helping Chris and Yomira out. Chris is a writer and you can support the cause by buying his book The Stranger (or other novellas) off Amazon for just $0.99! If that’s not your best option or you’d like to donate any other amount, he’s also set up a Paypal donate button. I popped over to donate $5, but if that was all it took to help get Yomira one step closer to a good school, where she can experience the great joys of reading and writing, then not even a year’s supply of fish and chips could make me happier.
They are halfway towards their goal. Please help share the word! It’s taken me far too long to do the same. I truly believe that keeping good things to yourself is one of life’s biggest satisfactions, but can never compare to sharing even the smallest things with someone else :)
Useful tips for those in the revision process. I hope to reach this stage sometime in the next 12.346 years!
For the final post in my week of resources I am going to cover off on the editing process. This is something I am elbows deep in at the moment and an activity that can prove more tiresome and taxing than anything else you will do on your journey to publication.
As I have mentioned before everybody works differently, but quite often I come across a handy tip that I haven’t tried out or considered. Here are the 3 things I have found most useful in editing and proofreading.
1) For your final edit, DON’T edit front to back. Start from a random chapter and keep doing another random chapter until you have finished. Alternatively start at the end and go backwards. When you edit from page one to the last, you will become engrossed in the story, regardless of how hard you try, and will miss things that you…
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All the motivation you’ll need, stashed in one place. I needed this so badly!
There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
You can fix anything but a blank page.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
I advise writing…
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