Category Archives: Revision

What Novelists Can Learn From the Oscars

I’ve recently torn apart my urban fantasy novel and tried to put it back together better, stronger, faster. The main character, our hero, had way too much support going into his final confrontation with the Big Bad. I’ve always loved … Continue reading

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Weekly Writer’s Round-Up; Week of 11/20/11

My best of the web for writers this week. Hope it’s helpful. Social Media From the Red Pen of Doom guy, who’s name is actually Guy (Bergstrom), on Why Blog Hits DON’T REALLY MATTER. From writer Christina Katz: Platform and … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 9: My Irish Novel

Previously on My Origin Story: I power-wrote my third novel twice in under three months and vowed I wouldn’t try that again for a long time. Not so fast. A few months later, November of my senior year in high … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 8: The Obligatory Post-Apocalyptic Novel

Previously on My Origin Story: I wrote a second novel and got bored with it. In the early 80s, I had my first nuclear war dream. I dreamed the Russians nuked the moon.

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My RX For a Bloated Novel; Posterboard and Sticky Notes

If, like me, you love to listen to yourself write, you’ve probably needed to cut huge swaths of words out of your novels. I’m rewriting my YA urban fantasy St. Vitus Academy Bk. 1; The Lazarus Rock. Word count: I’m … Continue reading

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Why Stephen King’s The Stand Was Better the First Time

If you were lucky enough to be able to open a copy of the original 800+ page edition of The Stand, released in 1978, here’s what you would have read: Hapscomb’s Texaco sat on US 93 just north of Arnette, … Continue reading

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