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Editing Tales

As regular readers may be aware, I go on about how editing takes longer than first drafting to the point of being really quite boring.  It deserves attention, I trill, it is the most time consuming of all the things if you want to do it justice.

JG Ballard Crash Manuscript, found at donyalynne.blogspot.com

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NaNoWriMo – A Pep Talk

I’m concerned that this year I’m being a little bit louche about NaNoWriMo. 

(In case you are unsure, this means: Oblique, not straightforward.  Also, dubious, shifty, disreputable.)

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Winter is Coming

 

And I think I’m OK with that.  Since fuel prices are increasing exponentially (something that affects me these days, how depressingly grown up) I forsee a lot of sweeping round the flat wearing my patchwork blanket like a mantle and demanding ale and wenches.  It’s going to be pretty sweet.

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Interview: Jen Newby, Commissioning Editor

Freelance writer and commissioning editor of Pen and Sword books Jen Newby answers a few questions about publishing, social history, and blogging.

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Inspirational Animals

One of the things about the internet is an upsurge in the number of inspirational quotations one sees in daily life.  They pop up on social networking sites all the time, and I’m pretty sure there’s been an inspiration increase in merchandise like T-Shirts and magnets and even in graffiti (especially on the walls and doors of pub toilets).

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Q and A

Q. How is the editing of the 12 books thing going?

A. … Slowly.

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28 Drawings Later – Days 25, 26 and 27

I have been editing away over the weekend to the extent I’ve pulled my shoulder a bit, but I don’t think my book is ready for that competition yet.  The quality of writing is OK but I have reservations about the plot.  It needs a bit more time to sit, essentially.

In other news, 28 Drawings Later is nearly finished!  Drawings for the last few days are quite quick wee things due to all the novelling, but here they are anyway.

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12 Books in 12 Months: A Review

In November 2010 I completed National Novel Writing Month, a challenge where you have to write 50,000 words of a novel before midnight on November 30th.  From this adventure, an idea was born.

The received wisdom is that once the first draft of a novel is written, you’re supposed to leave it alone for at least three months before returning to edit – preferably longer.  Coming back to it with fresh eyes means you’re more likely to be ruthless about cutting stuff that doesn’t work.  But what do you do in the meantime?  For me, the answer was write more.  Essentially, NaNoWriMo created a monster.

In 2011, I set out to write the first draft of a novel every month of the year.  I gave each month a genre, and off I went.  It was hard going, and I only reached the hallowed 50, 000 words twice throughout the year.  But I don’t regard that as total failure, more as a lesson in what is physically possible.

Whenever I was tempted to beat myself up about it, I went back to the fact I was working four days a week as an office temp throughout the year, as well as producing monthly columns for The Broughton Spurtle and Ten Tracks, and other articles for Mslexia Magazine, IdeasTap, The Guardian and STV as I went along.  I may not have produced 50k fiction every month, but I think I probably did reach 50k across all my writing.  I blogged about this in June to serve as a constant reminder.

But what was the final word count?  Drumroll, please….

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NaNoWriMo 2011: A Progress Report

© Debbie Ridpath Ohi (http://debbieohi.com/)

Forsooth, tis November already, which means NaNoWriMo must be in full flow.  An update, then, on my progress.

Thus far I have been writing every day and maintaining a pretty decent word count without actually knowing what I want the book to be.  Although this makes my lovely stats page look pretty, overall I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or not.

Many of my fellow Wrimos have been tweeting fairly consistently to detail their struggle to reach the daily word count, and I am beginning to find this a bit worrying. 

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