Think you don't have the time to re-read, even the best novels?
If you're a writer, you'd better think again. Those novels are your education.
Added by Victoria Mixon on May 2, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments
Over on her blog, Wordplay, K.M. Weiland is running a free ebook giveaway of my book, The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manual.
If you'd like to win a free copy,…Continue
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 29, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 28, 2011 at 10:24am — No Comments
And for the grand finale of our April series of weekly editor chats, Roz Morris of Nail Your Novel and I are talking about revision---when it starts, what it involves, how to do it, what to expect. What this elusive and often-misunderstood word 'revision' really means:
Please join us for:…Continue
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 27, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments
"Show, don't tell."
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 26, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Fabulous #editingchat today, in which we demonstrated Developmental Editing from a single sentence.
"The writing's not important." Have you ever heard someone say that? Someone with a writing blog, someone styling themself a guru of the writing industry. . .someone who should know better?
I have. It's BULL. If the writing weren't important, hey, you wouldn't want to be a writer, now, would you?
So today Roz Morris & I are holding our third weekly editorial chat, this time all about that all-important writing:…Continue
And so we come to the final of these four Frequently Asked Questions:
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 18, 2011 at 4:46pm — No Comments
So, for the last two Fridays I've been doing an #editingchat on Twitter to give aspiring writers a chance to ask questions about editing and the current publishing industry. But I forgot to tell you guys about. I'm sorry. I'm not terribly well-organized.
But I did archive them. Hurrah! I'm a little better-organized after-the-fact.
Please feel free to peruse:
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 15, 2011 at 1:06pm — No Comments
Roz Morris and I are back, this week. . .
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 13, 2011 at 1:36pm — No Comments
What exactly is Line Editing? Why do you see advice out there in the blogosphere saying, "You don't need Line Editing," even while I'm saying, "You sure as heck do"?
And where do I get my authority on the subject?3 Out of 4 Frequently Asked Questions---Answered
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 12, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments
Editor Roz Morris of Nail Your Novel and I have been talking shop so much lately we've decided to post our conversations on my blog weekly throughout the month of April, covering the basics of writing: plot, character, prose.
And, as happened with our earlier conversations, it's gotten a bit out of hand.
Join us this week to discuss structure, temporal-vs-event design, the biggest problems we see in client manuscripts, what…Continue
How do you tell which independent editors and which aren't?
Go to the horse's mouth.
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 4, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments
Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy and co-founded of uber-blog for writers Writer Unboxed, is guest posting for me on what it's like to get that book deal, get published by a major publisher (Random House), and have a second book already contracted for.
Is it all fun and games?
Does she know what to do about that?
Yes, she does. And she teaches us the way all good…Continue
Added by Victoria Mixon on March 31, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
I had 17, but I trimmed them down to just 4 and am answering them one at a time.
This week: 1. An agent told me to a) force my story into a pre-set length, b) force my story into a pre-defined genre, and/or c) “dumb down” my story. What’s going on? Can’t I just write the best book I have in me?
Added by Victoria Mixon on March 28, 2011 at 3:37pm — No Comments
Not just for fiction writers anymore:
Added by Victoria Mixon on March 25, 2011 at 9:38am — No Comments
Judy Dunn, another of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers, spends her day blogging about self-promotion for writers on her popular CatsEyeWriter blog.
So guess what she's done for her guest post for me? Condensed her knowledge down to 10 succinct pointers.
That's some pretty succinct knowledge!
Added by Victoria Mixon on March 23, 2011 at 3:02pm — No Comments
It's Monday, which means all I can see is the mountain of work I need to get done today before I launch into the whole mountain chain of work lying in wait for the rest of my week.
You know what this reminds me of? Yep. That phase of writing when you look back on your magnum opus and realize. . .you're going to have to do it all over again.
I was offline all last week, accompanying my husband on a work retreat at a resort up on the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. It was a chance to unplug from the blogosphere, turn off work, and spend some time just hanging with my son, who is zipping into adolescence these days like he's on rocket-boosters.
When I got back, I was thinking a lot about what home means to me---even compared to a cushy vacation in a gorgeous place. And what that has to do with why I…Continue
Added by Victoria Mixon on March 18, 2011 at 11:42am — No Comments