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This scene evaluation process gives me the time and space to identify needs and flaws much better than diving into revisions from page one. It’s helping me see things on three levels – world building, character and story.

Writerly Validation

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I’m pretty stoked to be writing this post. I’ve missed getting thoughts down here.

I’ve had the pleasure of a critique session with Paul Di Filippo via the Starship Sofa‘s writing workshop series. Both Paul and Tony C. Smith–God-emperor and host of the Sofa–pretty much rule. It’s not every day I get to pick the brain of an established author like Paul, so yeah.

I sent him the first 40 pages of my novel. He was quite complimentary, using words like “market ready” and “chops.” His critique points were quite helpful, too. Needless to say it was nice to hear someone who knows from writing say those things. It’s like a shot of caffeine for my confidence that tells me I’m doing something right.

With writing being the lonely profession and all that, I’ve made a decision to reach out more, engage more and maybe, just maybe, hit a convention or two, starting with Capclave 13 in October of this year.

In the meantime I’m quietly querying, working on another novel, and just plain working.

I’ve also grown attached to Spotify, and with it, this guy:

When Editing Becomes Tinkering

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Hope you didn’t come here to find out where that line is. I suspect it’s different for different writers.

I finished the fourth draft of my novel a few weeks ago and have jumped into what I hope are final edits (at least until someone tells me otherwise). I am no stranger to revision and trying to make my work the best it can be, so I’m always on the lookout for ways to make it better.

What I worry about is that I will delve deeper into things as I look for spelling, punctuation and clarity errors. It seems like things can always be improved and I worry about slipping into full revision mode.

I suppose when it comes down to it, there are worse things that can happen, but there’s that line between improving and ruining that’s hard to define. It’s like over-mixing your pancake batter and getting rubbery disks, that, while edible, are hardly memorable.

Here’s a pretty cool take on How to Stop Making Yourself Crazy with Self-Editing from Coppyblogger.

Once the brain makes enough mistakes — and corrects them — it now has a database of information that it can call upon at any time. Your brain has now reached its level of competency in that field, be it walking, talking or writing.

Makes sense.

And there you have it. Writers write and all that. Now, off to make more mistakes.