Why revise? When starting new isn’t the right answer…

Last week, I wrote about revising an old, retired manuscript… Except this isn’t just revision. This is full-on rewriting. At this point, I don’t know how much of the original text and story will remain. I have a suspicion. Quite a bit of the bad guy will be hanging around. He’s sexy and scary, and…

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Pick a starting point…

It’s a question that plagues most writers at some point – where do I start this story? Don’t start with waking up. Start in the middle of the action. Don’t start with an info dump or backstory. Open with a hook. Do this. Don’t do that. The advice on how to craft the opening scenes of…

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Fiction: New Adult vs Young Adult

At age 30, you’ve had 12 years as a legal adult. I hardly think that qualifies as “new”. You’ve presumably been out of college for at least a couple of years (even if you took a gap year, were a five-year senior, and went to graduate school). It’s a safe bet that you’ve held down a job where you could not be replaced by a high school student looking for their first job.

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Waking a sleeping dragon…

Many, many years ago on a cross-country trip with a friend, there were some interesting adventures. Some good, some not so good, but looking back, it’s easier to just say they were adventures. Years later I wrote a humorously creepy blog post based on one of those adventures. That particular post got a lot of attention.…

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