Author Toolbox: Scene Lists and Corkboards

Are you an aspiring or established author?  Are you looking for tips and tools to make revisions easier and more thorough?  Welcome to my inaugural Author Toolbox article about revision and editing tools and processes that I am using to get my novel ready for publication.

This article is part of the incomparable Raimey Gallant’s Author Toolbox Bloghop.  The bloghop was announced on my birthday and just before the April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo.  How could I resist?

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Weekly Writer’s Roundup Volume VI

For your reading pleasure, here are several articles about writing, publishing and promoting I’ve read this week and found useful, thought-provoking, and otherwise helpful.  In this edition, I’ve once again focused primarily on the topic of writing, because I ran into several articles on writing that gave me food for thought and tools for improvement. Enjoy!


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The Writer’s Bubble

When we move from writing a draft to the various stages of polishing it and getting it ready for publication, we also move from isolation to interaction.  Without the immediate contrast between those two states of writerly being, I don’t think I would realize how isolating the early stages of writing a novel actually are.

Part of the appeal of NaNoWriMo is the group experience, including some public suffering if you’re into that sort of thing.  You can attend write-ins, join sprints (where you write as fast as you can for a few minutes, take a break and then sprint again).  Going through the process of writing a first draft novel with millions of people worldwide, and potentially thousands of people in your metropolitan area can give you a sense of companionship even if you never reach out and take advantage of it.

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