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Troublesome Scenes

Sometimes when you are writing fiction, you run into scenes that just don’t work. My advice when that happens is to just write the scene and worry about it in the revision process. That is the best thing you can

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Balancing Time

When you write something, you must edit your text. NaNoWriMo is all about writing. Forget the self-editing until you finish the first or rough draft done. Then you can revise what you wrote. Established authors say to let the work

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Line-by-Line Revision

I hate revising. I need revision, but I abhor the job. No one ever wrote anything that didn’t need at least a little editing. My process is to read the work first and flag any problems I find while reading.

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Remove the Padding

And now a word about padding. That’s what I call adding words to make up a word count. It happens a lot. Sometimes it happens without you being aware of what you are doing. For example, in that first sentence,

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Revision

Today, I am going to talk about revising our work. Ernest Hemingway said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” He was right. While writing a first draft, the only goal is to get the story out and written down

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