My awesome critique partner gave me a pile of suggestions for how I might shorten my manuscript. Here’s my plan for dealing with them.
If you get my monthly digest, you might know that I recently finished the fifth draft of my work in progress (WIP) and enlisted the help of my wonderful critique partner, Anna Kaling, to figure out how to cut 40k words.
Anna got back to me at 3am this morning, and all I could do before work was read her email in a whirlwind of excitement. (Don’t you hate it when real life gets in the way of writing?)
She had some very encouraging things to say, and she suggested some characters and plot threads that she found less than essential to the story.
I was thrilled by her reaction. Then her suggested excisions sank in.
But everything needs to be there!
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I decided to write a sequel for my WIP, and in days I went from having no idea what it might be about to having dozens of ideas. Here’s how.
I try to avoid writing “how to” posts because I’m generally of the opinion that I know nothing about anything. This post is more “how I got lots of ideas for a sequel”.
(Sorry I deceived you with the title. I feel awful about it.)
I’ve always considered my work in progress to be a “stand-alone with series potential”. That is, the main story question is answered by the end of the book, and at least one of the main characters survives the climax to potentially appear in a subsequent book.
Rats, now I’ve let a spoiler slip. Well, what did you expect from me? I like happy endings and for people to get what they deserve.
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Once your job application has an employer’s attention, you need to stun them with your resume. Here’s how to use your best weapon: honesty.
Recently I wrote a post about how to catch an employer’s attention with your job application. I even called the post “part 1”, intending to write a part 2.
This is it.
You got your application into the correct inbox. Now, how do you make your resume stand out?
Having recently read 110 of these monsters (did I mention that?), I can give you the definitive answer.
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The Procrastination Critter is a sneaky creature. Why don’t you procrastinate a while and read my strategies for defeating him?
I had good intentions this morning. I planned to get up, do a bit of housework, do a couple of writing sprints for the new short story I’m working on, and then write my blog post for tomorrow.
That’s not quite how it turned out.
I haven’t added a word to my short story and I’m only starting this post now. But I did learn some useful things.
I learned that listening to an audiobook makes sorting out recycling more fun.
Listening to the audiobook, I learned why they say you should cut at least 10% of your word count when you edit.
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I accomplished a few things by the time I turned 30, but it turns out they were the wrong things. Here’s what I should have done instead.
Recently I saw a tweet by @obviousplant_ listing 20 things to do before you turn 30. Some of the items were great. “Release the kraken” was my favourite.
I decided to write my own list, and this is it.
In the interests of full disclosure, I should say that all the things I will achieve by the time I’m 30 I’ve already done.
There are some, honest.
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