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
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
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.
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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