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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 8. Information Dumps

Eighth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) INFORMATION DUMPS Reader feeder This typically occurs in dialogue when one character tells another character things that other character already knows, … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 3. Narrative Voice

Third element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) NARRATIVE VOICE Show, don’t tell—use active voice, not passive. I know you hear this all the time, but it doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 2. Content

Second element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) CONTENT All content and characters should have a story reason for being included in the book. If it doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 1. Structure

First element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision (Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) STRUCTURE How is your story organized, or not? Restructuring for clarity of story arcs and character arcs. By structure I … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision

INTRODUCTION This multi-part blog series grew out of my presentation to the San Diego Writers & Editors Guild on May 20, 2019. Drawing on my years of experience as an editor, I discuss structure, plot, content, narrative voice, characters, point … Continue reading

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On Writing: The Primrose Path to Prologue

The Prologue Question: To P or not to P? Should one choose to tread the primrose path to prologue, ’tis a dalliance I wish not to rede.* As a judge for the San Diego Book Awards, I recently read about … Continue reading

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The Most Pernicious Problem in Punctuation Today . . .

Oops. I encountered this abomination in a motel in Bentonville, Arkansas. Lest you try to foist the blame on the Arkansas education system, Wyndham Hotel Group is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, across the Hudson from NYC. I blame Bill Gates. … Continue reading

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