Editing Advice From Various Writers, A List

Alternative title: The Results of My Being A Magpie When Researching Editing

Recently I’ve done quite a bit of reading about editing—not because I don’t know how to edit, but because I want to improve my editing. After all, there must be a reason why I’ve never managed to polish a book (apart from chronic procrastinating). 

Perhaps, I thought, I might be going at it from the wrong angle or something. I am most definitely guilty of line editing prematurely but what else am I doing that I might be able to do differently? In other words, what do other writers do? 

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Writing From Dreams, A How-To

A fair few writers get their ideas from dreams; how do they do it? 

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I don’t know about you, but my dreams are rather random, filled with pink llamas (it’s best not to ask) and volcanoes that threaten to erupt whilst I frantically run around saving books*. Still, several of my stories have started from dreams. 

It’s all about the questions you ask and the perspective you take.

Even the strangest of dreams can be turned into stories by holding onto them from the moment you wake up (dreams are known to flee the moment you wake), and sorting through the emotions and images that ran wild in your unconscious mind.

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A Handful of Things I’ve Learnt About Blogging

Alternative title: In Which I Give Advice Regarding Blogging That I Seldom Take Myselfunsplash-kitsune-3

This blog is not my first, or second, or third. It’s probably my fifth, though who’s really keeping count? I remember my first with great clarity though the rest are rather blurred in my memories.

I must have been twelve when I started it and it only lived for a handful of months before being sucked into the depths of the internet. Back then, I had no idea what I was doing, and I still don’t, not really, but I have learnt a lot of things, some of which I’d like to share today:

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Book Titles, Necessary?

Alternative title: In Which I Attempt To Make A Coherent Discussion Regarding Book Covers

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Lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about titles. Be it the title of a book, part of a book, or chapter, titles are, arguably, important. They exist to subtly reveal information regarding the content and thus intrigue the reader.

All that is well and good, but does the title of a book actually matter? 

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Introducing My Novel?

Alternative title: In Which I Prematurely Blab About My First Draft

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Although it’s already July, I’m yet to start my new Camp NaNoWriMo project; now this is for several reasons, firstly real life is being a bit of a nuisance at present, and secondly, I’m yet to ‘officially’ finish the first draft of my last project hereby affectionately and temporarily entitled ‘WiP#8’.

Why’s that?

Well, for starters, I still need to read through and correct all my typos (for there are many), and I’ve yet to blog about finishing it. The former, I will begin work on tonight, and the latter will begin now.

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Writing Space, Writing in Space, Where to Write

Alternative titles: ‘The Ultimate Way In Which To Procrastinate; Travelling To Write’ or ‘More Reasons I Can’t Write Right Now’
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In theory, you should be able to write anywhere as long as you have the means necessary to do so, so a pen and a napkin (at the very least).

I disagree with this.

If there’s anything I’ve learnt in the last year or so in regards to writing, it’s that there are certain places where the words tend to flow faster than in others. To some extent, however, I realise this all must be in my head. But I’m still curious to the question, mind vs. environment; which wins? Is there a winner?

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My Ten Ways to (Attempt to) Generate One Sparkly New Idea

This post follows on from yesterday’s

Alternative titles: Ten Potential Ways To Generate Shiny New Ideas (If You’re Smart About It) or Ten Mind Numbingly Normal Ways To Generate Ideas

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In the beginning, attempting to write outside your comfort zone will not be fun. All your ideas will no doubt be related to genres, themes, and characters you’re comfortable with and when you try to think outside them your mind will inevitably go blank. 

You might feel frustrated, fake, and foolish for attempting to try something new though you know, deep down, that this could be the best thing for your writing. So you push on, and give it some more thought. 

But you won’t come up with anything, not via your usual methods, you quickly find. 

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An Exercise For Pre-Project Writers’ Block

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Disclaimer: I don’t know where I read this (seven words I use for too often), but it has, regardless, helped me overcome writers’ block and I hope it will help you do the same. If you know the origins of this idea, please do let me know!

With Camp NaNoWriMo just around the corner, many of you will be starting to think of starting new novels, projects and stories you could embark on. For some, there’s an odd thrill in the blank page, for others, such as myself, it brings nothing but terror and expectation (but the latter may just be the perfectionist in me).

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Productivity Surge: The User Called Work

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I read somewhere that one of the best things you can do for your work is isolate it on your computer; create a new user, one dedicated to it, and enlist the help of parental controls to create the perfect working environment for you.

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