Tag Archives: Editing

Cutting back and breaking out

An update from the balancing act that is writing: one morning last week I managed to cut 7000 words from my WIP in less than an hour! I did however save the previous draft as a whole and kept the … Continue reading

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Structural stepping stones

So in my last post, I mentioned I had some much-needed work to do on the structure of my new Young Adult manuscript, Inside Out. My beta readers liked the characters and the theme and various things within – bullying, … Continue reading

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A little bit green

I once wrote an article called ‘The Silence of the Seeds’, about torturing innocent little capsules of life. It was quite a violent piece, but I was shamefully proud of it. However, this trashy bit of true-crime writing only made it to … Continue reading

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Oh editing

Will I ever learn? Last week I sent off my short story (the dialogue one as mentioned previously) to a competition, then printed it off for my husband to read when he had the time. Yes, I was in a … Continue reading

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Writing… and re-writing… and re-writing… ad nauseum

Just when you think you’ve finished! *play Jaws music here* Having just come out of a writing competition called Chapter 1 Blitz, run by the wonderful Freshly Squeezed website, I’ve been re-writing the first chapter of my young adult novel, … Continue reading

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We’ve only just begun…

First impressions are CRUCIAL! Well, that was a boring first line but the capital letters made you look, didn’t they 😉 I’ve been having great fun critiquing five new-ish YA authors as part of C1Blitz 2015, a fantastic competition I recently … Continue reading

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Opposites attract

When it comes to major pieces of writing advice, it seems there are two opposites involved in completing a novel. One is to write daily to build it up; and the other is to cut down on words to refine it. … Continue reading

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