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Plotting and Outlines

The other day, I and another writer were talking shop about how to write novel-length fiction, and the subject of outlines and plotting came up. I use outlines in my writing, but I realized it would take me some time … Continue reading

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Killing Your Darlings

Among writers, the phrase “kill your darlings,” refers to editing away those parts of a document that don’t really belong, but to which you are attached. For example, those 22 pages of backstory that don’t really add anything to the … Continue reading

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Beta Readers and Editors

I used to think of editing as something like expanded proof-reading, matter of making sure the text follows certain rules of objective correctness, like spelling and sentence structure. It followed then, that editors differed only in one dimension, better and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Go Set a Watchmen

I read Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman last night. I do that–read books essentially in one sitting. I am a fast reader, but not so fast that I didn’t stay up until three AM with the book. I’m not … Continue reading

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