by Millie Ho
I started incorporating movies into my writing routine recently.
It’s exactly what it sounds like.
Instead of writing to music as I normally would’ve done, I drag my manuscript to the monitor and open a movie on my laptop. And then I write, typity type type, until my eyes and ears can’t take it anymore or my hands fall off.
Now, watching a movie while you’re writing might sound like a terrible idea, but please hear me out.
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by Richard Risemberg
There are four rules to follow if you want to self-publish a novel and not embarrass yourself, the publishing industry, and the English language. They are:
1) Write slowly. Write slowly, carefully, and vigilantly, always watching out for self-indulgence, which will betray your characters.
2) Rewrite. Because you will never be completely successful following the admonition in Rule #1.
3) Find an editor. No matter how careful you are in rewrite, you will miss some debilitating infelicities in your book.
4) Find a real editor, either someone who is trained in editing, or someone who has long experience in editing. And most important: it must be someone who does not love you. No friends, no relatives. (Unless they’re relatives you don’t get along with; that might work out.)
by Michael Mohr
It has taken me years and years of writing my own novels, stories and nonfiction, not to mention editing countless others’ manuscripts, to finally over time realize that there is such a thing as bread and meat in writing.
What the hell am I talking about? Simple. I am constantly telling my book clients to work on SCENE versus summary, back story, explanation. Basically the old Tried and True: Show don’t tell. Of course your novel needs some back story, to explain what happened to the character prior to now, ergo illuminating the character’s psychological/emotional wound, which is relevant to the current story being told. Yes, we sometimes need some well-written TELLING sections, also explaining important moments or key ideas in the book.
Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!
by Jacqui Murray
Now that I’ve published my first novel, To Hunt a Sub, I can say from experience that writing it and editing it took equally long periods of time (and marketing is just as involved). After finishing the final rough draft (yeah, sure) and before emailing it to an editor, I wanted it as clean possible. I searched through a wide collection of self-editing books like these: