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From Idea to Finished, Step 8: Tweaking and Polishing

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Finally, after months of research, brainstorming, outlining, and drafting, followed by multiple rounds of revision, getting feedback from my beta readers and editor, followed by yet more revision…   The Book. Is. Done.   Well, sort of.   The major … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 7: Beta Readers & Final Revisions

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Beta readers (also called critique partners) are, for most writers, an absolutely critical part of the writing process. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my beta readers that I don’t know what I would do without them, … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 6: Revisions

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Last week I talked about my incredibly involved, complicated method for writing the second draft of a book.   My method for revisions for each additional draft looks similar to that first revision round, but on a smaller scale. For … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 5: The Second Draft

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Once I’ve had some time away from my first draft, it’s time to start in on revisions. Naturally, the first stage in revisions is . . . the second draft!   The second draft is the most complicated stage of … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 4: Simmering Periods

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In between each draft of a writing project, I make a point of taking some time away from it. I call it a simmering period. (Like making a soup or spaghetti sauce… you need to give it time to simmer … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 3: The First Draft

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At the end of the outlining process, which I discussed in my last blog post, I have in hand an outline that gives me a basic summary of what’s going to happen in the story from scene to scene to … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 2: The Outline

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Writing this blog post is coming at an optimal time, as I’m about to start outlining my superhero story within the next couple of weeks.     I’ll be honest. No matter how many books I outline, I always find … Continue reading

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From Idea to Finished, Step 1: Brainstorming & Research

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BAM—You Have an Idea! It’s usually something small. A character starts speaking to you in the back of your head, wanting to tell their story. Or you’re sitting on the bus one day, daydreaming, and a movie starts to play out in … Continue reading

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My Writing Process: 9 Steps from Idea to Finished

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A few months ago I asked what types of blog posts you guys would like to see more of, and there was an overwhelming response for craft-based posts. And I’m right there with you. There is a lot to say on … Continue reading

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My Best Advice for Aspiring Writers

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One question that I’m asked over and over and over again is: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?   At first, after Cinder had just released, I felt weird answering this question. I still felt like such an amateur … Continue reading

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