Hot Potato: Let that Manuscript Cool Off

Darcy, sporting slightly askew Grammar Witch Glasses.

You type, “The End.” Then, you write a fast letter to an editor and send off a couple sample chapters. Oops! You forgot one thing. That manuscript needs to cool off before you send it out. It is the single, hardest thing for me to do. I do not want to wait and besides that, […]

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REvising Novel Metamorphosis

One project for this summer is to revise Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise. It’s the workbook for my Novel Revision Retreat and it’s also a “retreat in a book.” This year, there are four debut novels coming out of the retreats and three so far for 2012. (BTW, I”m booking retreats now for 2012, […]

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3 Ways Writers Survive Slow Times

Yesterday’s news was sad: PW has learned that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has asked its editors to stop buying books. NOTE: News has filtered down that the buying freeze applies to adult imprints, not the children’s imprints. How Can Writers Survive in Slow Times In light of our sluggish economy, how can writers still pay bills […]

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Writing AND Revising Your Novel

Writing and revising a novel is such a big job! It helps to break it into stages. Writing AND Revising Your Novel Nanowrimo is catching the excitement of more and more writers as they try to dash off 50,000 words during the busy, busy month of November. Getting the first draft down on paper is […]

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Surprise Yourself in the First Draft

I’m working on the first draft of a novel and I’m about 2/3 of the way through the plot, when something interesting happened. Embrace Exploration I’m at a point where the E, the main character, is house bound for a couple days and suddenly M, his friend, becomes the legs of the story, the only […]

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