This post is sort of a follow-up to my post on suspense and tension, and one the one where I compared plot twists and suspense (and pitted Emma and Pride and Prejudice against each other...). I wanted to discuss one of the most powerful ways to create suspense, and show you the method I've been using personally while revising The Coffee Shop Book.
Think back to when you first began to write: is your writing process different now from what is used to be? Mine certainly is. In fact, I've been spending the last couple months trying to nail down my own personal writing process (which is definitely a post all of its own). I've had the chance to know several different writers as they began writing their own stories. Something I noticed - both from my own experience from when I began as a writer and from hearing about theirs - is that new writers seem to like to edit. A lot. As I've been doing a couple of posts recently with tips for newer writers, I thought that today I would tackle this question for them: is this editing while you write a good way to go about writing? And for you seasoned writers, don't leave just yet. Believe me, this post is about to get interesting. 😉
Hey there! I recently went through a traumatizing experience: I wrote a 210-page first draft, was rewriting it, and got over 100 pages in when I realized... The plot wasn't right. This post is a step-by-step guide on what to do if this ever happens to you, based off of my own personal experience. … Continue reading What to do When Your Book’s Plot Fails
Hey there! I know, it's a pretty tall statement: rewriting a story like a pro?? Is that possible for us to do? Yes, it is. Over time, I have developed my own rewriting process (that works really well!) and received a request from my older sister to blog about my editing process. First … Continue reading How to Rewrite Your Story Like a Pro