Whether or not you openly ascribe to a particular belief system or philosophy, your worldview will seep into your story. Identifying that worldview in your stories helps you create deeper, more authentic themes (even in light fiction) as well as connect with a tribe that resonates with what you're saying.
So you get your manuscript back from beta readers, and they pick out sentences that don't sound right, but they aren't sure why. Or you're self-editing, and you want to tackle some of the sentence corrections yourself before sending your work out for a line edit. Here are five tips to improve those sentences!
A great plot is key to a winning book. Great plots are borne of polishing that first draft through revisions and editing. Here are seven checks that you can use to make sure your plot is hitting the mark and the market!
Are you writing from your passion? Or are you hoping that hitting trends and the latest marketing tactics will be enough? I did. I'm an infojunkie who likes to self-educate whenever possible. I was ready to crack the system and crank out the stories. Then I fell flat on my face.You don't have to choose between your writing passions and the writing market. What's inside you is critical to connecting to your readership and tribe.
Supporting characters are as vital as their name implies: they support your main characters and plot arcs so that everything runs smoothly (or horribly, as the case may be--disasters make good fiction). Done right, supporting characters make your protagonist look good (or bad, as the case may be) and offer a much-needed alternate perspective. This golden principle will make sure all of your supporting characters are being used effectively!
Characterization is one of those make-or-break elements in stories. Use these six tips to clean up characterization for your protagonist and antagonist!
Writing feedback is great--but only if you know what to do with it. A healthy sense of your own Push, a clear mind, and a system for managing feedback will keep you on track with your vision and give you fresh insight and motivation.
Reader response can be one of your most important resources in the revision process--or it can derail everything and leave you confused and insecure in a corner, wondering why you even bother writing. Here are several steps to making your reader recruitment process smooth, easy, and effective.
Your story is worth your investment of time, passion, and purpose. Evaluating the revision process makes your life easier and gives you quantifiable goals that can work within your schedule.
Revise It! The Miniseries: Six Factors to Unpacking Your First Draft tackles six key areas in content revisions to get your first draft into great condition!