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, […]Read More Revising A Beloved Older Manuscript. Practical Tips, Part 2. Writing Time, Part 85.
If you’re revising an older novel in the midst of present-day writing projects, the process of chunking it down can be a lifeline to a busy writer. Here’s one way to begin it. Chunk 1. Mull it Over. This is the easiest bit, and also the hardest, because I want to read my old ms… […]Read More Writing Time, Part 84. Revising That Beloved Older Manuscript, Practical Tips, Part 1
For those of us attempting to fit our full-time writing careers into our full-time lives, one great two-step strategy may help. Ask What one action comes next? Chunk the next stage of work down, to the smallest possible size. Of course, we keep the big picture—the whole book, series, career— in mind, but when there […]Read More Writing Time, Part 80. 10 Minutes and 1 Strategy for Moving Along a Manuscript
This is the third in a series of posts on creating tension and one on sustaining suspense. I’m on panels talking about this at Creative Ink in Burnaby, BC, so it seems like a good moment to address ways to accomplish this. If we can create suspense, and sustain tension as we plot and draft, then […]Read More Writing Time, Part 74. Creating Suspense, 3 Ways
I’m moderating a panel on creating tension and another on creating suspense, and it seems like a happy moment to address ways to accomplish this. As well, from the point of view of time management for writers, if we can create suspense and sustain tension as we plot and draft, then we save a crazy […]Read More Writing Time, Part 72. Creating Tension and Suspense, With Thanks to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
“I don’t want to spoil the party, so I’ll go.” –Lennon-McCartney Of the three top reasons for rejecting short fiction, the too-slow emergence of the central conflict is the one I note most often. It was certainly the reason editors cited for rejecting my own work in the past. Now, I’m writing the same notes […]Read More Writing Time, Part 33. Nailing the Narrative Structure