Checking in

Hello! Just checking in with anyone else who may be participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Phew - I'm half-way through my 50,000 word goal and having a lot of fun, but I'll admit that, despite staying on pace with the 1,667 words per day, the first week or so was a … Continue reading Checking in

50,000 words in one month

On November 1, I’m going to get up early and type 1667 words and I’m going to do that every day for 30 days until I reach 50,000 words. You might already know what I’m talking about, but in case you don’t, I’ve signed up for the National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every … Continue reading 50,000 words in one month

Critiquing a friend’s book… how do you tell them it doesn’t work?

Here’s some great writing and editing advice. I especially appreciate it, as a novice writer who would like to someday write and publish a book.

Nail Your Novel

I’ve had this interesting question from Jan.

A friend has finished drafting her first novel. She asked me to proofread before she sends it to agents. I explained she would up her chances if she got it edited too, so she asked if I could do that.

I’m reading the manuscript and have found what I feel are fundamental issues. For instance, I’m 57 pages in and nothing dramatic has happened, I still don’t know the theme of the book, or what any of the characters are driving towards. There is a lot of description, but I haven’t been able to discern its purpose.

I really want her to have the best chance, so how do I essentially ask her to rewrite from scratch? She’s proud of the manuscript; (she should be, she wrote 92,000 words and had the dedication to stick to it). I’m trying to work out the…

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