Category Archives: Editing

Two down, two to go

“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” James Michener One of the best pieces of advice I ever got is to let manuscripts sit for a month or longer. When you come back to it, you won’t … Continue reading

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Preposition Parade

Critique partners have always been great giving me pages of helpful feedback, but no one ever said “Whoa, you’ve got too many prepositions.” Why would they? We need prepositions in our writing. On the other hand… prepositions can become a … Continue reading

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Thinking and Wondering No More

I recently had the privilege of a librarian friend agreeing to critique my writing. Tilly the Hun, as I affectionately call her, works in low socioeconomic school, doesn’t do any kind of social media, has never written a book, but … Continue reading

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One Ultra Wash For My Manuscript

My car had gotten to the point of no return. It was dirty both inside and out and was beyond what a few weekend hours could solve. I don’t do this more than once every few years, but I treated … Continue reading

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Rewriting Is a Must

After making changes to my manuscripts, I put them away for 2-4 weeks to give me some distance. I finally reached the point of no changes with one of them. Realizing as I read the final page, the story truly … Continue reading

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Revision 101

In a few weeks I’ll start tackling the first round of revisions for my newest manuscript. I’ve had a rather scattered approach to this task in the past. Sure, I’d followed the many blog posts on the subject, read many … Continue reading

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Done. Finished. But Far From Over…

Yes, I did it again. Finished a first draft of the story I’ve been forming in my crowded mind this year. As expected, the journey was not without its bumps, but all were solved. I began writing with a Third … Continue reading

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What about the other 250s?

Springtime brings hope of better weather, a later sunset, and loads of writing contests. I’ve entered a few. Most require you to submit the first 250 words of your manuscript. It can be less, but rarely more. With the entry … Continue reading

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The Most Important Slush Pile of All

I taught creative writing (among other things) to 11-12 year old students for 20 years. I’d go home weekends with a pile of stories to read. The range of abilities was tremendous. Most could put a 1-3 page story together, … Continue reading

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Harrison Demchick and Ambitious Enterprises

Earlier this month I won a contest through the wonderful blog PROJECT MAYHEM – The Maniac Minds of Middle Grade Writers. The prize was a review of a synopsis and the first few pages of my manuscript followed by a … Continue reading

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