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Revising and Layering: The (Often Very Tedious) Stuff That Makes Your Story COME ALIVE

Some wise words on revising…

Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR

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Nobody likes revising, okay?


Until you see how good it makes your story, and then

well, you still won’t like revising.

Because nobody does.

But if you do something enough times, it can become a habit, and that means if you torture yourself with enough revisions, you will eventually incorporate that stuff into your first draft. Or more of it, anyway, and that’s totally worth the lesson you’re about to get today.

I read the following scene in a manuscript I edited a while back.

(The names have been changed.) It’s a great story, and this is a really good scene, but you can see the places where it’s just kinda missing something.

It felt rushed, because it probably was rushed – in a good way.

The author was probably excited about the scene and was moving quick.


The reader will be moving…

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Writing a novel? How to make time magically appear

How to find time for writing…

What Inspires Your Writing?

Learn more about TimAs someone who has dreamed of publishing a novel, have you ever thought to yourself, I want to write a book, but I just don’t have the time.

Yet, you know you can do it. In your mind, you can see your finished book. You can even open it up, read the (brilliant, if you do say so yourself) opening sentence, and flip through the pages of that riveting story you worked so hard on.

Now, if only there were a few extra days in the week, you would actually have time to write it.

Guess what? There is more time, and unlocking it is easy. All you have to do is plan.

The secret is simple: Time magically appears when you have the whole journey planned out.

I’ll say that again, because it’s incredibly important.

Time magically appears when you have the whole journey planned out.

Why is that?

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Diary of an Author with Multiple Sclerosis – May 2018

Another month in the bag. Strange month, April. Not the month itself; that’s pretty standard – a bunch of days, some nights (about the same amount as the days), but what has occurred this last 6 weeks. On with the updates, as usual, writing first Writing It has been a difficult few weeks for me … Continue reading Diary of an Author with Multiple Sclerosis – May 2018

Serial Saturday – Die, Blossom, Bloom #8

Okay - confession time. I missed last week's edition. Partial excuse in tomorrow's post, but to today: Lat time we were given a view of life when TED and his wife, Sissy, moved to the village of Haverley. As difficult as it was, it became infinitely harder when Sissy was diagnosed with a brain tumour. … Continue reading Serial Saturday – Die, Blossom, Bloom #8

The Time is Now to Become an Independent Author

Don Massenzio on the decision to self publish. I was particularly drawn in early on with his age/ time / tolerance equation. I think I’m in that bracket…

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Soap BoxYes, It’s time for my soapbox. You may be going through the classic struggle trying to decide whether to self-publish or wait for traditional publishing possibilities.

There are many pros and cons to each and I’ve gone through many of those in previous posts. For me, the obvious choice was self-publishing. When I triangulated my age with my available time and my tolerance for rejection, it was the smart option for me.

It’s up to you do decide which path you want to take, but I want to let you know that there has never been a better time to be an independently published author. There are so many tools and favorable platforms that, when you choose the indie author path, it is a fairly straightforward route to navigate.

Is it easy? Not at all. You will expend the same amount of energy (if not more) than you would have creating…

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GDPR Privacy Policy for Authors

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was ratified back in January 2016, but becomes enforceable on May 25th 2018. You can read an overview of the legislation HERE. That's a lot of reading, but I wanted to share some of the things I've learned, both through reading, but also through some training I recently attended as … Continue reading GDPR Privacy Policy for Authors

Spennyriver Dispatch – May 7th edition

Spennyriver is a small town deep in the heart of the Midlands, UK. The Spennyriver Dispatch is the local paper bringing you all the local news, keeping you up to date with all the happenings in this strange town. It's like a regular town with regular people. Just weirder. In today's issue... ‘Mr Charity’ does … Continue reading Spennyriver Dispatch – May 7th edition

Serial Saturday – Die, Blossom, Bloom #7

Happy Saturday! Time for another instalment of The horror, Die, Blossom, Bloom. We've already met protagonist, TED, and his annoying neighbour, Geraldine Butler-Thompson (even the name annoys me), but today we will start to learn about Ted and his wife's entry into village life, and where things started to go wrong for the couple. Previous … Continue reading Serial Saturday – Die, Blossom, Bloom #7

Diary of an author with Multiple Sclerosis – May 2018

I’ve decided that I will be doing these diary updates towards the beginning of each month, reflecting what’s gone on and what I’ve learned the previous month, making this the entry for May 2018. I have made several decisions this month, both about my writing and about my health. It remains to be seen how … Continue reading Diary of an author with Multiple Sclerosis – May 2018