Really! I’m not! What I AM is really, really busy. I’ve completed 2 Shitty First Drafts so far this year. They’ve been cooling their heels for a month, and I’m going to start revising them on May 7th. In the meantime I’ve been working on a 3rd Shitty First Draft…I’m ALMOST done with it, but… Continue reading I’m Not Dead!
Happy Sunday! My apologies for the later-than-usual post, but I just spent several god-awful hours ordering my Halloween costume stuff. I’m not really feelin’ it this year, but I’ve won prizes for my costumes both years I’ve worked in this office, and now I’ve got a reputation to maintain. Pride, she cometh before the fall.… Continue reading Final Drafts
*Reminder: These posts all flow from the ones that came before, since we are talking about a particular method of finishing a book. Next week will be a more general writing post. At this point you are a few drafts in, and you hopefully have a pretty solid “bare bones” framework on which to build… Continue reading Going Deeper: The After-Feedback Drafts
Hey, all! Today’s post focuses on Beta Readers. Oddly enough, I have met several writers who have submitted to agents (TO AGENTS!) without ever letting anyone else read their book. This is crazy, and a pretty sure path to rejection. If the concept of Beta Readers is new to you, read on. If you are… Continue reading Getting & Taking Criticism
Disclaimer: this post immediately follows last week’s, so if you need to catch up…DO IT NOW. Today we are going to talk about editing your Shitty First Draft. Ideally, you’ve put it away somewhere for a week or two (or more) where you can’t even glance at it sneakily while pretending to tie your shoelaces (I SEE… Continue reading Editing Your SFD: Draft 2 (& maybe 3)
You’re finally ready to write. You have done every little piece of preparation you can possibly think of. You have reading lists, you’ve done research, you have a world built, you have a basic outline. You’re golden. LET’S DO THIS. But…how do we start something as daunting as a BOOK? Just as there are… Continue reading Shitty First Drafts