re-drafting · WIP · writing blues

When Is A Final Draft Final?

Not long ago, I finished my manuscript. I mean really finished – left it to sit, re-read it, tweaked it to perfection, and submitted it to a publisher. I was so finished, that after a brief interlude doing some procastinatingly dodgy DIY projects around the house, I finally progressed to the big and scary task… Continue reading When Is A Final Draft Final?

birds of a feather · drafting · re-drafting · reading · spelling and grammar · telling -vs- showing · WIP · writing blues · writing tips

I submitted my manuscript!!

…now for the long wait while the overwhelmed publisher gets to me in the queue. Unless I’m the next JK of course. Anyway, back to being serious. I knew I was doing the last tidying of my MS for a real deadline, so I purposely (and painfully) stopped reading for a month – outside of… Continue reading I submitted my manuscript!!

birds of a feather · drafting · genre · re-drafting · WIP · writing tips

In Which Lou Finds Focus (or ‘How To Transition Between Scenes’)

An editor from Pantera Press recently read the first 20 pages of my manuscript and said ‘your writing is clear, the story is quirky, and I’m intrigued. Please send me your manuscript’. Wow! I’m thrilled! More to the point, I’m ready to submit cos I’m finished writing it! Almost… Just need to tidy the plot… Continue reading In Which Lou Finds Focus (or ‘How To Transition Between Scenes’)

birds of a feather · WIP

The 6-Prompt Character Challenge

Brianna da Silva invented this tag, and although she says it’s ‘the lamest tag-name ever’, the game itself is fantastic – each tagged writer shares six points of information about three of our main characters and then tags other writers to do the same. I’ve picked up the baton from Nate Philbrick – although he… Continue reading The 6-Prompt Character Challenge

WIP · writing blues

8½ Ways Not to Procrastinate

Over the last six weeks I’ve been slipping behind on my personal deadlines. It’s nothing serious, I’ve only missed one or two writing targets. Or three. And I’ve had brilliant reasons: I wasn’t feeling great one day, and more than once I was suffering from night shift hangover. And I had a nasty head cold.… Continue reading 8½ Ways Not to Procrastinate

drafting · re-drafting · WIP

How Many Drafts Does it Take?

Of course, everybody’s different. For some writers, it runs into triple figures, while others don’t draft at all. I remember learning about the writing process at high school. Now I know you’re stopping me right there: these days, we’re supposed to ignore everything we learnt in high school about writing. Nobody wants to read those… Continue reading How Many Drafts Does it Take?