I Love Revision!

I love to revise! No. Really. I do. For me, the knowledge that I can start with an okay story and gradually make it better,

and better,

and then better still…

….well, it’s a very freeing notion.

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Growing a Garden of Ideas

A gardener plants more flower seeds then he needs because he doesn’t know which ones will actually grow.  In the same way, as a writer, when you plant ideas in your journal, you can’t always predict which ones will blossom into a full grown story or essay or poem.  Writers often go back to the […]

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First Draft Know How

  So how do you go about writing a first draft anyway? I write fast and furious.  I don’t worry about conventions, or mechanics, or spelling, or coming up with beautiful language.  I don’t even worry about writing in chronological order.  My only concern is getting my ideas down on paper. If I am writing […]

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Nothing is Wasted…Luckily

Nothing is wasted.  –Richard Bausch,  Experienced writers know this.  How? From experience!  It isn’t necessarily an easy lesson, but it is an important one nonetheless.  Writer Richard Bausch explained once that the first thing he ever published was a short story.  Unfortunately, when he started writing it, he thought he was writing a novel.  And […]

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Good Writing Takes Grit

Let’s get something straight from the get-go. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginning writer or a published-many-books author, you are going to struggle from time-to-time with your writing. All writers do. Maybe they have trouble getting started, or knowing how to take that great idea to a fully developed story. Many authors struggle […]

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