Hello! For those of you who have just arrived, this post is part 2/7 in my ‘editing the first draft’ action plan. You can find links to the other sections below, once all posts are live (one will be posted each day this week!). Print it off. Have a preliminary read through and cut out … More Editing the first draft – Preliminary cuts – step 2/7
After two years of writing for an average of 30 minutes a day, on and off, I finally reached the momentous milestone – a completed first draft. I am proud of how far I have come, but I am aware that this is merely the first step in the much longer process from blank page to … More Editing the first draft – Print it off – step 1/7
Hi guys, me again! Thanks so much for all your lovely comments RE part one of this blog post, it’s great to hear that our posts help not only us but others too, and we hope part two is as helpful and insightful as part one. Without further ado, let’s begin… Overworked descriptions and cliche metaphors … More Editing and re-drafting – a checklist, part two
Hi Guys, Heather here. This week I thought I’d write a blog post detailing some of the things to look out for when re-drafting and editing your novel. I’m currently at this stage in my own novel writing journey and it’s arguably the hardest stage so far – perhaps even worse than the dreaded first draft. … More Editing and re-drafting – a checklist, part one
When it comes to writing a first draft, I may be right in thinking that a lot of people put an unhealthy amount of pressure on themselves to write a smashing one. My sister and I have both been guilty of this and I’m positive that we are not alone. Now I am not far from … More Writing the first draft – Valuable lessons learnt
Up until a month ago, I was happily muddling through my second draft. Although I knew there were problems with it, it wasn’t until I was about half-way through, that I thought it would be helpful to sit down and reassess the structure and elements of my story as a whole. After many hours of brainstorming, … More Using notecards to evaluate novel structure
Although I knew writing a novel would be hard, I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t anticipate just how difficult it would really be (stupid right?!). Before I embarked on my writing journey, I assumed that, as long as I planned, outlined and did a little character development, my novel would just fall … More First draft musings: what did I learn?