Category: Process

13 Week Rewrite: Week Six – False Victory

This week your hero will experience something that leads her to believe there’s a chance she’ll achieve her goal. This is a critical point, because without it, your reader won’t understand the meaning the hero ascribes to her goal. Each

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13 Week Rewrite, Week Five: Beginning the Middle

Over the last four weeks, you’ve written a new outline, rewritten the new beginning of your manuscript, explored the counter-arguments in your story, and your hero has made an irrevocable decision. Now it’s time to rewrite the middle. Your hero’s

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13-Week Rewrite, Week Four: The Decision

Hi, welcome back! Last week, we explored the counter-argument to your story, the resistance that your heroine faces in pursuit of a solution to the story-problem. This week, you’ll push past this point to the hero’s irreversible decision to continue

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13-Week Rewrite, Week Three: The Counter-Argument

Thanks for joining me again! Last week, you started from the beginning, re-writing through the opening act of your first draft. You set a weekly and daily goal for yourself, you pumped up the tension in your opening, you laid

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13-Week Rewrite, Week Two: The New Beginning

Revision

Ok, after last week, you now have a more specific outline. You’ve followed all your story beats all the way through, and imagined the most compelling order of events through which to tell your story. So now you’re ready to

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Revision and Technique

Keep Calm and Start Revision

Before beginning a revision project, it’s important to consider several technical matters. Just as important is to keep in mind that these aren’t rules, but principles that will encourage you to make informed choices about your work. For every suggestion

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Seven Maxims of Storytelling, Part Two

Last week, I shared the first four of my seven maxims of storytelling, advice I take with me into my rewriting projects. Today, I share the remaining three. But before we dig in, let’s review the relationship between your heroine

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Seven Maxims of Storytelling, Part One

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!” — Ray Bradbury Plight: The Source of Your Story At the heart of every story lies a plight. Notice that it’s not a question. Your protagonist has a plight.

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Rewriting: An Overview of the Process

"A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus..." — George Orwell

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” — C. J. Cherryh The goal of the rewrite is simple, but not easy. You want your story to live. To accomplish this, it’s helpful to have a

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Eight Ways to Strategic Storytelling

Today, we’re going to take a general look at strategic storytelling, or how popular narrative fiction works. The goal is to find a clearer picture of the general form and strategy of long fiction, but along the way, we’ll touch

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