Let me ask you a question – How do you edit?
One of those many….MANY steps of being a writer is the oft-times dreaded “edit”.
Were we cast our eyes with dread over our manuscript, red pen poised to highlight all the glaring errors we made.
Horror or Joy?
Some people hate editing. Some people love it. Which are you?
Some people write the whole manuscript before reaching for their editing pen. Others write, edit, write, edit as they go.
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Do you embrace your mistakes?
I think there is a part in all of us that loves the idea of holding ourselves accountable to mistakes me make. But that’s not always the case, is it?
So why don’t we embrace our mistakes?
Maybe you blame schools… or parents… or bosses! Because they are easy to blame. Though maybe the real culprit is society.
This week’s guest poster is the awesome author Icky who, with his lovely muse Miss Persephone Plumtartt, discuss some writing wisdom! I hope you all enjoy this post as much as I did 🙂
Icky and Kitka (the cat)
To Speak with Temperance
“Eek! Dig it, Miss Plumtartt! We are guest hosts on Ari Meghlen’s highly touted writing blog, ‘Eternal Scribbler’!
“Quite so, Mr. Temperance. Miss Meghlen is very kind. Is there a purpose for our being here?”
“Oh, yes Ma’am! Miss Ari wants me to share some writing advice!”
“ . . .
I beg your pardon, sir, but did you say that you were consulted for writing wisdom? Tell me, why did you not explain your lack of understanding on the subject and make your apologies, eh hem?”
I thought I would do a quick article about ‘detail’ in writing. I think it can be one of those things that gets overlooked.
While we can wax lyrical in our descriptions we can still end up missing something and that can often be extra detail.
But why is detail so important?
Simply because detail adds an extra layer to the writing to help draw the reader deeper into your world.
Maybe you’re sat there thinking “well I add detail, I fill my writing with description.” Great, you should make sure there is strong description. But too often writers can end up using notion rather than detail.
Recently, while driving, I got to thinking about perspectives within stories.
(I do a lot of thinking while I drive…I do a lot of swearing to myself at the idiots on the road too…yup, I’m one of those drivers).
Now by ‘perspective’ I mean in reference to the narrator’s voice. As in the perspective of the narrator. If you are writing a book in 3rd person your narrator will probably change (unless you’re writing 3rd person limited).
I’ve talked about ideas before – you may remember my Song of the Muses post. However I want to discuss the invasion of stories.
I don’t know about you, but my muse doesn’t wait until I’ve finished a novel before she bashes me over the head with another idea.
☆ Muse Attack ☆
Case in point, while driving to work this week, I was suddenly accosted by a whole new story. The protagonist was fully formed and named (thought I wasn’t keen on the character’s surname…every attempt to rename her failed and so I have kept it as it came to me).
So, I’m seeing a lot of negativity from some writers on the net.
Since creative people are tangled in a vast swathe of emotions and sensations, negativity is certainly part of that tapestry and it has its place.
But too much and everything becomes dull. Now the negativity I’m speaking of isn’t even the expected kind – you know that self-hating, self-doubting type we writers sometimes find following us around like a bad smell.
This week’s guest post if by the lovely Lorraine Ambers, Writer and Queen of Daydreams, who talks about who own personal experiences and how you really are, never too old to learn.
You’re never too old to learn by Lorraine Ambers
Exam result time is upon us. People are waiting in angst or hope for their future endeavours. Now-a-days pupils are taught through positivity, that if you try you can succeed. This method is new. Teachers used to drill home the concept, that exam results were the pinnacle upon which success hung. That without great grades adults would scrape the bowels of existence. Facing perils for evermore… Blah blah blah!
If you are a writer working on your first manuscript, there are some things that you should be doing now. Like, right now.
Before you finish your novel.
Before you contact an editor.
Before you get published.
No guest post today so I thought I would give you a little post about me.
If you enjoyed my post “I am Bad at Being an Adult” then I hope you enjoy this sequel :p
As well as being a pretty rubbish adult, despite being in the middle of my third decade… I have some annoying habits to go with that bad adulting.
Maybe you will read some of these and realise you do them too…and that I’m not just alone in my crazy.