Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February IWSG: Great News & Tips for Revision City

Happy IWSG day, folks! I hope my news will offer inspiration to you all. Just when I thought I'd hit rock bottom, something good happened. After my mom passed away in December, I had a bit of trouble writing. Okay, a whole lotta trouble.

So, I did what most writers do and busied myself with another project. Revising a 64k New Adult Mystery Romance. Boy, am I having a blast with the rewrites! What was I thinking when I tucked this baby in a drawer in 2012?! 

To make matters even sweeter, my agent read over the first chapter and a short synops and likes it! Life is good, folks.

But...


Revision City can be a rough part of town. Plot holes lurk around every corner. Congested sentences are littered with trash. Flat characters run rampant. Here are a few tips to get you through the muck, that crappy first draft. Hail to the polished manuscript!

Approaches to the Larger Revisions

Revision Tips to Get You to the Finish Line

The Bookshelf Muse Editing Archives

And don't be a prisoner of the desk! Take your laptop to a coffee shop or a park. Print out a few pages and revise in the fresh air & sunshine. Get up. Move around. Stretch. And for your family's sake, shower! Trust me, Revision City will be a happier place.

Check out the Insecure Writer's Support Group and its founding member, Alex Cavanaugh. The IWSG meets across the globe via the Internet on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Writers are encouraged to release their writerly fears or offer up support for others. Alex's co-hosts this month are, Sheena-kay GrahamJulie MusilJamie Ayres, and M.L. Swift. A BIG thanks goes out to all of you!

*Don't forget to read Alex's post today. He's got a .99 deal that'll send you to the moon!! Hint: Cassa...

Write on, y'all~