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August 10, 2013 by kristin
My new favorite thing is the Online Etymology Dictionary. For the past month, I’ve been working on yet another revision …
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July 25, 2013 by kristin
During my most recent revision of my novel, I realized I had a failure of imagination when it came to …
April 27, 2013 by kristin
I got the idea for my historical fiction novel five years ago after I quit my magazine editor job to work from home. I stumbled across an obscure historical incident and decided if I tweaked it a bit, it would make a good story. I wrote an outline and 15,000 words or so.
Then I got bogged down in the research. I wanted everything to be as close to the truth as possible, and I froze.
April 22, 2013 by kristin
A while back, I wrote a post on my editing process, but I forgot to mention one of the more important steps I take when I’m trying to get to a polished manuscript. I call it the Kindle edit.
First, I save my Word doc in the “Web page, filtered” format. Then I use Mobipocket Creator, a free tool, to turn that html doc into a .mobi file. There are still some formatting issues in this format, but it’s good enough to give you the effect of reading it in a somewhat published-looking format on the Kindle.
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April 17, 2013 by kristin
I’m not known as a punctual person, but one area I do manage to do things on time is paying bills. That is, until recently. I completely forgot my car payment for two months in a row, until they sent me a “Hey, remember us? And here’s a late fee for ya” notice.
I blame this on two things: baby brain (the condition in which a mother is so sleep-deprived and hormone-addled that she forgets her own age and her cousin’s last name) combined with a special dose of book brain (the condition in which a writer is so obsessed with her book that half her brain is living in 1864).
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April 8, 2013 by kristin
My sister, beta reader extraordinaire, is nearly finished reading the so-called “final” edit of my manuscript, and after our enlightening discussion of it over lunch the other day, this edit suddenly seems much less “final.”
I love beta readers. Without them, I might want to cling to every boring passage of my novel, just because it had a pretty turn of phrase. I might want to be lazy and leave secondary characters undeveloped or scenes clear in my head but muddled on the page.
Okay, I wouldn’t WANT to do those things because I’m an obsessive editor, but I could convince myself they weren’t so bad.
But when a beta reader comes along and says out loud what I already knew was wrong in the back of my mind, that’s harder to ignore.
March 18, 2013 by kristin
Cross-posted from KirbyHowell.com, where I was the guest blogger this week.
I love writing, but editing comes in a close second. Very close. Writing is like mining for gemstones, but editing carves them into sparkling facets.
So when my dear friends, Dana and Jessica, who make up the writing team Kirby Howell, asked me to edit their YA novels, Autumn in the City of Angels and Autumn in the Dark Meadows, I was happy to oblige. Editing their work turned out to be not only a favor to them but to myself. It helped me develop and solidify some new editing techniques, and it drew my attention to potential problems in my own work.
I want to pass on some of what I gleaned from the process to those who might not find editing the natural delight I do. 🙂