The Birth of a Novel, Part 6: Charm School for the Debut Novelist

You’re well on the way toward ushering your first novel into the world. It’s been critiqued by early readers, you’ve rewritten and proofread meticulously, and you feel good about the result. Congratulations! So what is your goal for this manuscript? If it’s publication, you’ll need to learn about the wide array of publishing methods available,

April 13th, 2016|Writing|

The Birth of a Novel: Part 5, Polishing the Manuscript

Because you want to submit only your very best work for publication, your journey will now venture through the steps of polishing the manuscript of your first novel. So far you have completed the first draft, edited it carefully, and distributed copies, with a questionnaire, to your early readers. It will be very helpful for

March 30th, 2016|Writing|

The Birth of a Novel, Part 4: Rewriting

The first draft of your first novel is done! Congratulations! But before you let anyone read your masterpiece, please take a break. Your first rewrite awaits, and a little distance will help your patience and perspective. The second half of the novel may be better written than the first half, owing to the development of

February 9th, 2016|Writing|

The Birth of A Novel, Part 3: Letting the Story Out

The story which snuck up on you, and now occupies your daily thoughts, has bloomed into a detailed outline. It may be ten or a hundred pages long, but you’re eager to move on to the next stage of your adventure. The outline writing process helped you in several ways. First, you squirreled away pockets

February 3rd, 2016|Writing|

The Birth of a Novel, Part 2: Creating Structure

Your nascent story is just a smattering of paragraphs, ideas that are evolving. You don’t see how you’ll possibly have time to take on a serious writing project, but you set that consideration aside. You may have a demanding day job, a family, no special training, or a charming garret in which to stare dreamily

January 9th, 2016|Writing|

The Birth of a Novel – Part 1: Conception

  You have an itch. You’ve had it for a while, but perhaps you ignore it. To give into it might upend your life. Your life isn’t perfect, of course, but you’re used to it the way it is. And your day job takes so much of your energy. Besides, the itch is only an

December 31st, 2015|Writing|

Grist for the Writer’s Mill

Are you a writer in search of things to write about? Try working in a law firm for a while. It’ll provide you with oceans of material. If you have a healthy sense of humor, a thick skin and a b.s. eliminator, you’ll have a front row seat to life’s pageant in all its dark

December 16th, 2015|Law Firm Life, Writing|