Joy has kindly provided useful notes on revising your writing, taken from a writing conference. I’m really enjoying the microfixes section!
“I spent ages looking for tips on building writing habits, and was disappointed. There’s a lot of bland advice out there: write every day, don’t edit while you write, have a goal… None of that is very helpful if you’re trying to understand how you should actually put this stuff into practice.
Fortunately, there are plenty of interesting books on habit-formation out there, and a few good studies done on how creative writing actually works at the psychological level. I went through a bunch of those books to see what they suggested. I have tested everything I mention in this article, and the combination of these things has tripled my daily writing. I hope it helps you, too.”
There’s no better time than Camp NaNo to be looking for writing routine advice! Most of the time I come across similar articles with the same tips repeated, which only further grounded me to the idea that writing is freeform expression without rules. I’d just have to figure out my best performance by myself. This article brings up some interesting points that get me thinking outside the box. For example: I’m not a morning person at all, but have I actually been writing better at 8am in the morning… because I was hungry? I’ll get back to you on that one.
“While making an ebook is pretty straightforward, putting it into print is more challenging. In traditional publishing houses, it’s an entire department’s job. You can’t just print a Word file as is; each page has to be designed and fine-tuned, even in a novel. You wouldn’t be aware of this when you look at a print book, but you would if it wasn’t done. Follow these steps to give your book that professional finish.”
This is an incredibly comprehensive guide on formatting your book into a professional, ready-to-print end product. I’m amazed by the amount of work involved and the effort Roz put into providing us with quality advice. Thanks for sharing!