Revisions Coaching, From Albert Einstein. Writing Time, Part 87

“Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – attributed to Albert Einstein. When revising, it can be worth spending a half hour with the word “As” at the start of sentences. I search through my own work, tossing “As”es into hedges, for it is the slug in gardens of good storytelling, when it involves simultaneous actions. For example, […]

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Revising A Beloved Older Manuscript. Practical Tips, Part 2. Writing Time, Part 85.

Taking 5-15 minutes towards chunking down a revisions process is a smooth move for those of us who want to be prolific and publish often. Here’s one way to approach a second or third draft of a novel after mulling itover (see Writing Time, Part 84. Revising That Beloved Older Manuscript, Practical tips for Time Management, […]

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Writing Time, Part 83. Time Management for Writers, a Fractal Approach

I like to think of outlining as fractal, like a rocky coastline. The jagged water’s edge looks similar—not identical, just very like—if seen from space, an airplane, a tower, a rooftop, or from a crouching position at the water’s edge. Story sections also look rather the same at different planning elevations. Whether it’s the 7-volume arc, […]

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