The Brutal, Delicate Art of Revision

In my first writing class, back in high school, my teacher once said that all writing is rewriting. For some reason, I was certain that rule didn’t apply to me. All of my fiction was perfect from the moment it was written down. I scoffed at second and third drafts. I was in love withContinue reading “The Brutal, Delicate Art of Revision”

Wielding the Red Pen

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you — And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” – Arthur Plotnik If you want to learn the mechanics of great writing, edit someone else’s writing. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months.Continue reading “Wielding the Red Pen”

The Sinister Specter of Revision

This one was very close to the mark for us, and I can’t help but say I believe it deserves to continue, just so long as it doesn’t forget the opening tone and feel…I’m returning this for now in the hopes I see more later. I think we need more resolution to this. It’s aContinue reading “The Sinister Specter of Revision”

Noveling Like I’ve Never Noveled Before

We are now nine days into this month of literary abandon called National Novel Writing Month and I’m behind on my word quota, just as I was last year and the year before. That’s no surprise. I’ve never finished a novel, even with all the pressure and bribes and good intentions. My problem is notContinue reading “Noveling Like I’ve Never Noveled Before”