I normally write a way more wordy post every week. But this thread on when and how to take criticism on your work was just too perfect. Enjoy: https://twitter.com/DelilahSDawson/status/1087360935059181573 (It's a thread. Be sure to click through it and read the whole thing!) And now, an unrelated thought-dump on blogging, and what topics to blog … Continue reading On Using Criticism to Level Up, from Author Delilah S. Dawson
I'm sure you've heard this advice before: get your first draft down. Don't overthink it. Just get the thoughts down, get the words down, and finish. It's common advice, and it's not hard to see why. One of the hardest lessons for a new writer to learn is that you have to actually finish projects. … Continue reading Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic
I wanted to do a short post today. So let's talk about something easy! Here's the situation: You, like so many unfortunate people, might have been taught to put two spaces after every period, because that's how it was done in the days of the typewriter. But alas, that's not how it works anymore. When … Continue reading Do you have two spaces after every period? You can fix those in five seconds.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about how there are a lot of different kinds of edits and how you can edit a novel more easily by fixing different parts of your story at different times. If that sounds interesting, go check it out! This post'll be here when you get back. … Continue reading An Introduction to Editing: Doing Your Pre-editing Research
Writing a novel feels great, doesn't it? It's so emotional! So engaging! (All right, well, it can be, when you don't feel like you're yanking ideas out of your brain with a pair of pliers.) But when you're in the zone, everything you write feels powerful, important, and deep. Then you edit it. And whoops! It's... … Continue reading An Introduction to Editing: The Many Different Types of Edits and How You Can Use Them on Your Novel
I've been reviewing works in progress for folks on Absolute Write's Beta Readers, Mentors, and Writing Buddies board. (Which is an amazing place if you really want to get a story reviewed, by the way. I got 4 offers in under 24 hours for my 70,000 YA fantasy novel.) One of them taught me how … Continue reading A Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Making Imperfect .EPUB Files