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Practicing Revision

I think daily revisions are important. I don’t mean revise as you write. That’s a delaying tactic and you will never finish a rough draft that way. I mean practicing. Yes, practice makes perfect is a cliché for a reason.

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Writing Logs

I know how many words I have written each day. I also know when I have completed a blog and posted it. I also know how many words I have added or cut from a piece each day as I

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Pacing Your Fiction

Pacing is important. If events in your story happen too quickly, or the story is over almost before you start. If they happen too slowly, your reader will get bored and abandon the story. You need action, exposition and back

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Self Criticism

You need to know when you are giving yourself constructive criticism, the words that make your project the best it can be and when you are just running yourself and you work down. That’s the tricky thing. You are your

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Sentence Variation

Sentence sameness is boring. If you have all your sentences the same length and structure, you have boring prose, no matter how exciting the topic. Good prose has good sentence variation. Look over your current work and make sure that

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Put Your Writing on a Diet

Writing a piece is the first step where you take an idea and expand it into a story. Once you finish the story, you are only half done. You still have to look at the piece and revise it. You

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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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