Category Archives: Editing

Viable Paradise: Leveling Up

                        When I visited a wring class at a local college last December (write-up here ) I was asked about intensive writing workshops at a professional level. Many had … Continue reading

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Writers Club: The Evils of Self Editing
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I’m not saying that self-editing is bad. It’s not. It’s just we often do it while writing and that’s when it’s evil. Sometimes we do it when we aren’t aware and that’s when it’s really awful. When I first started … Continue reading

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State of the Author Dealing With A Copyedit, in gifs

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Write Hacks 11: When your notes get too long

My latest write hack, when I find a movenot running long, is to break it up into summary bullet points and put the bullet points at the top of the file. That way I don’t have to read every movenot to the end looking for that great idea about Amanda being an army brat and how I fleshed it out to the tune of 25K worth of notes. Continue reading

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Good Writers are Consummate Liars

Lately, I’ve been thinking and reading a lot in preparation for leading the upcoming spring semester Fiction Workshop at Swarthmore College. I almost always spend the months leading up to it reading a new crop of short stories across the … Continue reading

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Write Hacks 9: Whack the smallest mole

Is this you?
Wake up. Brush teeth. Make coffee. Feed the cat. Sit down at computer. Cry.
Because there’s just so much to be done. It’s not a do-list, it’s a tidal wave. Continue reading

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Between the Lines: When research tries to eat you

Any author will tell you that writing a novel involves research. Then, if you aren’t quick on your feet, they’re liable to corner you and tell you all the marvelous things they learned that were peripheral to their novel and so never got into the book. Have you poured hours into research that led you farther and farther away from your story—and into fascinating places? Continue reading

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Write Hacks 10

I have gimmicks I use to handle all kinds of “I’ll get to that later” moments in first drafts. One of them I owe to an Isaac Asimov story that was written as a play called “Zeepsday.” Continue reading

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Some Insight on the Editorial Process

(This post was originally published in April 2014 at the author’s personal blog Hahvi.net.) For those of you who are writers, I’d thought I’d talk a little about the editorial process behind my newest books. The process I use to … Continue reading

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Midwifing a Story: Editors

Once upon a time, editors were the gold standard of book midwifery. Editors loved books and had the time to discover budding authors, who received nurture and guidance for their entire careers. The best editors took the “long view” and … Continue reading

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