Article – How to Revise a Novel

ARTICLE: How to Revise A Novel | Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage.

For the holiday season I received a huge stack of books on writing and editing – which has me a bit daunted with the tasks ahead. Instead of diving into a long book I wanted to read something quickly on the art of editing. I found this article quick and effective for helping me to set the stage for the type of effort, commitment and approach that is necessary for editing a novel.

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Article – 25 Motivational Thoughts for Writers – By Chuck Wendig

25 Motivational Thoughts For Writers « terribleminds: chuck wendig

This list of 25 things is an excellent resource for a writer at any state of the creation/development/execution stage of a project.

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One theme that continues to appear everywhere I read about writing is simply this – WRITE. WRITE OFTEN. NO EXCUSES.

A popular quote that I have used, or reworked, for myself when I am approaching new challenges or projects has been this – You either worked out today or you didn’t. Inside that little phrase there exists no wiggle room and it forces you to be completely honest with yourself about whether you did the activity in question or not. You are your own judge and you’ll know when you start making excuses for yourself. When translated to you either wrote today or you didn’t the excuses become fairly clear. If you want to think that really, really long Facebook post is “writing” – that is your call – and you have to search your heart to know whether that is true or not. My guess is that when you really look at it you’ll feel very different when you write something of substance than when you make a few great tweets, post on Facebook or send an email to a friend. That doesn’t exclude all those items and depending on what you are writing, any one of those items might take an extreme amount of thought, of honesty, of courage, of editing to get it to the point where it can be publicly consumed (which is also something many writers don’t do – which is share their writing).

For those interested in using a tool that can keep your daily writing going in an interesting way, give 750words.com a try! The goal is 750 words a day (roughly 3 pages) and they have lots of nifty tools to help keep you motivated!

The few on here that I really loved: 2, 3, 7, 9, 11, 13, … you know what?! They’re all good so read them all and let your heart and mind be open to their meaning.

My Writing – The Phone Call

The Phone Call is the story of one woman’s past revisiting her in the future.

Length: 1 page

Genre: Fiction

Creation/Publication: 1995

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The purpose behind this story was to see if I could write a short story in half a page. I have a tendency to long stories. I was reasonably happy with the results.

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My Writing – Heirlooms

Heirlooms is a short glimpse into the life of a daughter as she visits the decaying home of her youth.

The plan for this story was originally longer and larger, jumping back and forth through time and seeing different POVs. By the time I reached the end of page 1 I found that I was not really interested in the characters or the story that I was telling. I struggle with fiction stories and found this one, in my head, heading down a boring character study avenue.

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Stage Manager of the Mind

In a recent guest blogging post on The Prolific Novelista, I discuss the ability to capture human thought into written language. A worthwhile read for anyone doing their own writing!

Human thought meanders and rages as a maelstrom of amorphous, abstract and absolute concepts – oftentimes between heartbeats.

The ability to capture those concepts and lend them voice through a myriad of forms has become one of our defining human characteristics. Whether expressed through song, dance, architecture, spoken or written word, the journey that concepts take from consciousness to concrete existence is profound.

Read the entire article here – Stage Manager of the Mind

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My Writing – Sea Trolls and Weird Water Witches

Sea Trolls and Weird Water Witches is the magical story of a what may happen along oceans and lakes, ponds and waterways all across the world.

Length: 1 page

Genre: Children / Fantasy

Creation/Publication: 2011

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The story was part of my 2011 NaNoWriMo collection. The original intention was to write an original children’s story every day (between 1,700-2,000 words) for the month of November. I made it through only a few stories before I realized how challenging it is to write kid/children’s stories. The word count, length, choice – all became a huge challenge for me.

Enjoy one of the few pieces I was able to finish during NaNoWriMo!

The story can be read here: Sea Trolls and Weird Water Witches

If you’re interested in additional stories, check out the My Writing section for more reading options!

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A few items to note when reading these stories:

  • Please enjoy them and feel free to let me know your thoughts. A writer always appreciates feedback when attempting to grow their craft.
  • Many of them remain unedited since their original creation date and contain misspellings, improper grammar and made up words. These are in here for flavor and as a time stamp to reflect my age when they were created.
  • Over time, I hope to include “Directors Commentary” in all of my stories. Hopefully this adds some flavor and context for the creative process and my thinking as these stories were created.
  • These are being shared for the benefit of the community and ask for respect to all who read, share, and comment on the material within.
  • All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without express written permission. Contact skillpointstation@gmail.com if interested.

My Writing – Border Run

Border Run is the story of a once-great space pilot, over-promoted into uselessness and stationed at the far edges of known space.

Length: 3 pages

Genre: Science Fiction

Creation/Publication: 1994

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The story was loosely inspired by the PC game Wing Commander – which had a profound effect upon my youth. At the time I had only seen science fiction movies and read only a handful of books within the genre – so my ideas were fairly small. I decided to try putting pen to paper in this genre.

Stay on target…Stay on target!

Chris Roberts, creator of the entire series, wrote and directed the movie Wing Commander – which departed greatly from his established mythos. Curious as he was owner/writer/director for the property. It was a good popcorn flic – but could have been so much more. What was also interesting was the fact that the 3rd/4th/5th game installments revolutionized the full-motion video “movie-as-videogame” experience. They featured popular real life actors like Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys-Davies, and Thomas F Wilson to name just a few.

They all look so young!

EA (after acquiring Origin) eventually released an XBOX game called Wing Commander: Arena which had almost nothing to do with the broader universe but was fun to see some favorite elements on the tv screen. It was nowhere near as revolutionary as experiencing the PC game intro for Wing Commander 2 – Vengance of the Kilrathi for the first time. It was one of the first games to introduce fully-spoken voice within a game. The introduction is still impressive after all these years – check it out!

The story can be read here: Border Run

If you’re interested in additional stories, check out the My Writing section for more reading options!

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A few items to note when reading these stories:

  • Please enjoy them and feel free to let me know your thoughts. A writer always appreciates feedback when attempting to grow their craft.
  • Many of them remain unedited since their original creation date and contain misspellings, improper grammar and made up words. These are in here for flavor and as a time stamp to reflect my age when they were created.
  • Over time, I hope to include “Directors Commentary” in all of my stories. Hopefully this adds some flavor and context for the creative process and my thinking as these stories were created.
  • These are being shared for the benefit of the community and ask for respect to all who read, share, and comment on the material within.
  • All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without express written permission. Contact skillpointstation@gmail.com if interested.