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Editing Your Novel – Stage One

December 20th, 2020

First, thanks to Keith for last week’s post. It was great to hear from someone who’s had a connection with Writers Bureau for so long and has done so well. And, I think you can read between the lines just how much pleasure he’s had from his career as a writer!

Moving on to something completely different, this week I’m going to provide the would-be novelists amongst you with a checklist that we recommend you follow before even contemplating sending off your work to an agent, publisher or self-publishing it.

Does the story make sense?

Have you made the journey from the beginning to the end in a logical way, with each stage clearly set out and leading on to the next? Is the ending believable? Is there one easily followed narrative strand all the way through the text? Is it obvious who your protagonist is and what that character is trying to achieve? Read the rest of this entry »




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Edit, edit, edit…or don’t!

July 6th, 2018

When creating a piece of art, be it a song, a poem, or David’s extraordinarily chiselled abs, knowing how to ply the techniques of your craft is of vital importance. Equally important, however, is knowing when to stop. It’s amazing how many creative types master the first skill and utterly neglect the second.

If you watch any painting competition on TV, you can’t fail to spot the ‘fiddlers’ – those artists who, three-quarters of the way into the painting challenge, have created something truly magnificent, but who, because there’s still time left on the clock, can’t resist the urge to jiggle things about a bit. A touch more paint here, another splodge there, perhaps a more muted wash, oh and I could add a boat in the background – and as more and more layers of paint are laid down, the once great picture turns into an overworked, unemotional, lifeless piece of rubbish you wouldn’t even hang in a hotel toilet. Read the rest of this entry »




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