Revision Category

The Ghost Character

Have you gotten halfway through a scene to suddenly realize one of the characters you specifically mentioned as being in the room at the beginning of the scene has done absolutely nothing for the entire scene? It’s like the character is some unseen ghost hovering in the background. I used to go back and add […]

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Fine-tuning Revision

I’ve been working on revisions for my contemporary middle grade novel. I’ve never gotten into quite so much fine-tuning before. It’s a whole different thing. I had the scenes in order and the character arc pretty well figured out. But now, I had to go through and make sure all the emotions remained consistent. I […]

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The Unmentionable First Draft

I think I’ve mentioned before how I typically do my rough and first drafts in my head before I ever put anything on paper. This makes my first paper drafts much smoother than the ones of many writers I’ve spoken with. Well, for the first time in my life, the mental draft isn’t working. This […]

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Stuck pulling teeth

I am stuck. In three places at once. Part II is where I’ve been doing most of my writing. I’m at an entire sequence of battle scenes, and I hate writing battles scenes. I have written one good battle scene in my life, and when I went back to look at it, I thought, “I […]

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Pretty Sentence

In revision, I came across a pretty sentence that unfortunately alliterates. I love the imagery of this sentence: Black smoke from its stacks stained the cerulean sky. This isn’t a poem, so alliteration–especially accidental–isn’t a good idea. I really wanted to keep that imagery. Here’s how I revised it: Black smoke from its chimneys stained […]

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The Chapter That Ruined Everything

So I got through all the major revisions of the Epic Novel Part I. I’ve been doing one of the last read throughs checking for flow. Everything was going really well. A sentence here and there needed tweaking, but overall, the story works. And then, I came to Chapter Eighteen. (da da DA!) I would […]

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Revisions, Editing, and Fine Tuning

In the five months of my hiatus, I have been able to work on the Epic Novel. Most of my typing has been one-handed, so writing new scenes or doing major revisions wasn’t really working. I did try to write a short a story, but being able to write only a sentence to one paragraph […]

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What to do with Obi-Wan

Did a revision of part one, and it’s actually pretty good! I just have three plot points to adress: the romantic interest, the telepathy, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan is throwing me. He doesn’t appear much in this first part, which made me wonder if he was necessary. Can my MC learn the force on his […]

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Intense Emotional Climax

Why are the intense emotional scenes such a challenge to write? I’m talking about climaxes. I spend the whole manuscript just trying to get to those intense scenes, but when I finally arrive, I find myself floundering around. The writing is often surface and too quick. A scene that should probably take several pages (since […]

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Opening 24

I’m going to attempt just starting with chapter one (as in, hack the prologue and dive in with chapter one with revision rather than out and out rewriting). The problem with doing so many drafts of the same novel is that I can’t always remember what I’ve cut out and what I’ve left in. Somewhere, […]

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