Incorporating Redlines, or, How I Want to Punch Myself in the Face

Nine…chapters…done…21…to…go. Did I mention that I also did some editing during my Technical Writer career? This is an advantage when it comes to reading my manuscript and looking for plot discrepancies, thin chapters, flow issues, grammar usage, unnecessary and overly-repeated words, and good ol’ spelling mistakes. My beta-reader draft is underway, but these redlines, oh, the…


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Editing really, really bad words. Really.

You cannot imagine how useful I found the article, Very and Other Useless Words to Erase Forever from The overused words that the writer of the article lists are: Very/really Suddenly Amazing/awesome That Started This taught me that I really, really have a problem with my manuscript. No, really. I swear, really. You have to realize that the first draft is going…

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My first reading. Sort of.

“And later, you can give us a reading of your book,” enthusiastically said Almost Author’s husband, much to her terror. I gave my first reading. Sort of. There was only an audience of four, and I was related to them, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. We went to see our parents for…


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Up next: Beta-reader draft!

I gave myself a few days to shout, “Whoo-hoo, I finished my first draft!” Now, I’m back to chewing all my nails and the first few centimetres of each finger as I realize my next step is to write the draft that my beta readers will review. Uh, excuse me for a moment. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! OK, that…

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The First Draft Dance of Joy!

Writing a novel is no sprint run, that’s for sure. It requires endurance, patience, something to punch at times, and an obscene amount of dessert. Yet, hitting any milestone along the way gives you that wonderful feeling of accomplishment, and the desire to faceplant into your pillow and sleep for a week.

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