Tag Archives | Revision

Kill Your Darlings, and Some Trees

So you’ve written the first draft of your novel! Now what? Most writers will tell you to put it in a drawer for a week or month, to spend some time apart from it before you return to the manuscript with fresh eyes for the first round of revision. That’s great advice, but I’m going to take it one step further and say you should literally put the manuscript in a drawer. For that you need a physical copy of it, […]

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Post-Contract Schedules

There’s a ton of information out there about life pre-contract—how to query an agent, how to revise with critique partners, etc, etc. But life post-contract can be a little harder to research. Recently, we got an email from a reader with a few questions about scheduling after you’ve sold a book. The short answer is: It really varies. Let’s break it down by question! How long do you get to write the first draft and […]

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Building Blocks of a Novel: Word Choice

Hi all, Julie here! Recently I found myself looking out a hotel room window at a cityscape. The view made me think of the components of a city—streets made up of buildings, buildings made up of walls, walls made up of bricks. I found myself thinking of all the unnoticed bricks that were holding up the city below my window. This observation got me thinking about novels. I started considering all the components of a […]

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