Write and Revise for Publication

If you're revising your novel, it will take all your time. Again, don't take on new work. A two-hundred-to three-hundred-page novel takes time to read and more time to revise. You might pace yourself atten pages a day, and in one month ...

Author: Jack Smith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599637044

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Your first draft is a work of imagination, but that doesn't mean it's a work of art--not yet. With Jack Smith's technical and inspirational guidance, you can turn your initial draft into a compelling story brimming with memorable characters and a page-turning plot. As Jack states inside Write and Revise for Publication, writing is a complex act, one that calls upon all the powers of our creative resources, imagination, and intellect. Top-notch storytelling is not achieved the first time around, nor should it be expected so soon. But it is possible. Through Jack's detailed instruction and precise methods, you will learn the revision techniques and fine-tuning skills needed to create powerful, polished works ready to submit to magazines, agents, and publishers. "As inspiring as it is practical...combines great advice, apt examples, and a can-do spirit that will excite and improve any aspiring writer." --Ron Hansen, author of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford "I believe Jack Smith might have written THE BOOK on writing and revising for publication. Clean, direct, succinct--a book that is full of pure wisdom and truth, but also amazing technical advice." --Virgil Suarez, author of Latin Jazz, The Cutter, Havana Thursdays, and Welcome to he Oasis

Revising Your Novel First Draft to Finished Draft A Step By Step Guide to Revising Your Novel

"Author Janice Hardy, founder of the popular writing site Fiction University, takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process.

Author: Janice Hardy

Publisher: Fiction University Press

ISBN: 0991536452

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 380

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Get all three Fixing Your Revision Problems books in one omnibus This book contains Fixing Your Character & Point-of-View Problems, Fixing Your Plot & Story Structure Problems, and Fixing Your Setting & Description Problems--PLUS a BONUS workshop: How to Salvage Half-Finished Manuscripts. A strong story has many parts, and when one breaks down, the whole book can fail. Make sure your story is the best it can be to keep your readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process, from character issues, to plot problems, to description issues. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix problems hurting your manuscript. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft offers eleven self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading. It will help you: Flesh out weak characters and build strong character arcs Find the right amount of backstory to enhance, not bog down, your story Create unpredictable plots that keep readers guessing Develop compelling hooks to build tension in every scene Determine the right way to include information without infodumping Fix awkward stage direction and unclear character actions Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft starts every workshop with an analysis and offers multiple revision options in each area. You choose the options that best fit your writing process. Learn how to: Develop a strong and effective revision plan Analyze your manuscript to find its strengths and weaknesses Spot common red flag words for problem areas (such as told prose) Determine the best way to revise a scene, plot, character, or novel Fix problems holding your novel back Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft is an easy-to-follow guide to revising your manuscript and crafting a strong finished draft that will keep readers hooked.

Revision and Self Editing for Publication

Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition gives you the tools and advice you need to transform your first draft into a finished manuscript that agents and editors will fight for.

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599637105

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

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Take your first draft from so-so to sold! You've finished the first draft of your novel--congratulations! Time to have a drink, sit back...and start revising. But the revision process doesn't have to be intimidating. Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition gives you the tools and advice you need to transform your first draft into a finished manuscript that agents and editors will fight for. Inside you'll find: • Self-editing techniques for plot, structure, character, theme, voice, and more that can be applied as you're writing to reduce your revision workload. • Methods for fine-tuning your first draft into a tight, well-developed piece of literature. • The Ultimate Revision Checklist, which seamlessly guides you through the revision process, step by step. • New Chapter! Exercises and techniques for "deepening" your work to engage and excite readers like never before. Whether you're writing a novel currently or have finished the first draft, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition will give you the guidance you need to revise your manuscript into a novel ready to be sold.

90 Days To Your Novel

Before we go further, it's important to define the distinction between selfediting and revising. The two are often conflated, though they are distinct (yet interrelated) concepts. Revising asks you to look at your novel as a whole: ...

Author: Sarah Domet

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599632773

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist... Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish. With 90 Days To Your Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel. The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within 90 Days to Your Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin! This helpful guide provides: • Instruction that distills the elements of the novel - from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots • Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends • Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt • A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.

Writing and Planning Your Novel

While some authors like to sit down and plough through the first draft without stopping for revision, others take a much more measured approach. Compare these two very different pieces of advice: While rewriting your first draft ...


Publisher: Launchpoint Publishing

ISBN: 9781907138041


Page: 126

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Revise to Write

Edit Your Novel, Get Published and Become a Better Writer Kim McDougall. http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk Writing.com https://www.writing.com Zoetrope https://www.zoetrope.com ...

Author: Kim McDougall

Publisher: Kim McDougall

ISBN: 9780998865171

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 196

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Whether you choose the self-publishing route or a traditional publisher, good revision skills are essential for every writer. Publishers are looking for print-ready quality. They have little time or money to invest on editing. For the independent author, good revision skills are even more important when reviews for poor editing can kill book sales. But polishing your own work can be tricky. Revise to Write will help you analyze your manuscript on the macro and micro levels to get a thoroughly critical overview. There’s no point to proofreading a manuscript that has major structural flaws. Start with the basic building blocks to make sure your foundation is solid. The Nuts and Bolts section helps you analyze your structure, plot and characters. Then work down to a scene-by scene review of dialogue, point of view, description, pacing and more. In the Nitty Gritty section, refine your prose with thoughtful line edits and tips for effective proofreading. Includes checklists for each section, writing exercises to help you over trouble spots, resources for finding beta readers and other writing tools. "Jam-packed with great lessons and invaluable insight, Revise to Write is a resource you'll use time and again...It's truly a gem." ~Seattle Book Review

Write Your Novel in a Month

table of contents introduction part one: planning your novel VICTORY 1: The Ultimate Story VICTORY 2: Genre VICTORY 3: ... your novel [fast] VICTORY 10:30 Days of Fire part three: publishing your novel VICTORY 11: Revising Your Novel ...

Author: Jeff Gerke

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599636443

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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One of these days, I'm going to sit down and write that novel.... Everyone thinks about doing it, yet most people who do start a novel end up stalling after a few chapters. Where do these would-be novelists go wrong? Are the characters dull and cliched? Did the story arc collapse? Did they succumb to a dreaded bout of "writer's block"? Or maybe it was all just taking too long? These problems used to stop writers in their tracks, but nothing will get in your way after reading Write Your Novel in a Month. Author and instructor Jeff Gerke has created the perfect tool to show you how to prepare yourself to write your first draft in as little as 30 days. With Jeff's help, you will learn how to organize your ideas, create dynamic stories, develop believable characters, and flesh out the idea narrative for your novel--and not just for the rapid-fire first draft. Jeff walks you through the entire process, from initial idea to the important revision stage, and even explains what to do with your novel once you've finished. Whether you are participating in National Novel Writing Month or you're simply hoping to complete a draft over winter break or your vacation, this book covers the entire scope of writing a novel and lays out exactly what you need to know to get it done fast and right.

Novel Ideas

Good revision demands ruthless objectivity. You must be open to all possibilities, willing to do whatever is necessary to bring the finished novel closer to the ideal. You must be patient. You might revise your novel successfully the ...

Author: Barbara Shoup

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820346281

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 343

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Novel Ideas provides a substantial introduction to the elements of fiction followed by in-depth interviews with successful novelists who speak with candor and insight into the complex process by which a novel is made. This edition includes new and updated interviews as well as writing exercises to enhance its use in the writing classroom. Dorothy Allison recalls "deliciously self-indulgent" days of writing in her bathrobe, wrapped in misery and exultation; Peter Cameron explains how he made the move from short fiction to the novel with the aid of a music composer's notebook to track the movement of his characters. Writers as different as Ha Jin, Jill McCorkle, Richard Ford, and Michael Chabon describe their unique approaches to their work while consistently affirming the necessity of committing to the hard effort of it while also remaining open to surprise. Aspiring novelists will find hands-on strategies for beginning, working through, and revising a novel; accomplished novelists will discover new ways to solve the problems they face in process; and serious readers of contemporary fiction will enjoy a glimpse into the way novels are made. Includes interviews with:Dorothy AllisonLarry BrownPeter CameronMichael ChabonMichael CunninghamRobb Forman DewRichard FordHa JinPatricia HenleyCharles JohnsonWally LambValerie MartinJill McCorkleSena Jeter NaslundLewis NordanSheri ReynoldsS. J. RozanJane SmileyLee SmithTheodore Weesner

How to Write a Novel

49 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel That You Will Love Forever Nathan Bransford ... as you go about the arduous task of revising your novel when you really just want to be finished already, dear God, when will it end?

Author: Nathan Bransford

Publisher: Nathan Bransford

ISBN: 9781734149401

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 254

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Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares his secrets for creating killer plots, fleshing out your first ideas, crafting compelling characters, and staying sane in the process. Read the guide that New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs called "The best how-to-write-a-novel book I've read."

The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel

All the Tools You Need to Write and Sell Your First Novel Hallie Ephron. Manipulate the pace of your novel by the placement of chapter breaks. ... Many authors will tell you that revision is where the “real” writing takes place.

Author: Hallie Ephron

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440509575

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Guides readers in writing and publishing a book, including creating authentic characters, editing, and finding an agent.