Help and Tips
- Writing Prompts (visit Lyn’s blog to get writing prompts by label)
- Reading List (these books will coach and inspire you to write)
- Writing Workshops
Revise: How Do I Get It to Be Good?
- What if my first draft is ready to submit to agents and publishers?
- Trust me, it’s not. It needs time to sit and simmer. You’ll see it in new ways after you get some separation from it.
- In the meantime, find a writer’s group, hire an editor, or anyone who will poke at it and find the soft spots.
- My short stories have never been published without at least 10 drafts, and my novel went through over 20 drafts that I don’t care to remember.
- What if I hate revision?
- Get over it. You must learn to love it because that is what writing is. It is rewriting, pure and simple. Otherwise, become an impromptu storyteller—and keep in mind that improvisational storytellers spend years mastering their craft. You can’t escape the hard work of revision.
- Revision can be fun. It should be opening up secret, untried doors; it should be experimentation with odd, bizarre options; it should be slip-sliding down strange rabbit holes. If you hate it, then you aren’t experimenting enough.
- Surround yourself with a community of writers who take risks. Find people who aren’t afraid to start a manuscript over and who are supportive of your efforts to do so.
- Would you be willing to look at some of my pages and give me some feedback?
- I occasionally provide developmental edits for a fee. Contact me for a quote and I may be able to schedule you. I do not provide copy edits.
- You can invite me to your writers’ group or class, and I’ll be glad to lead your group in a workshop.
- When is a story done?
- It’s done when your heart tells you that you have done all you can after many, many hours of effort over a long period of time.
- For me, this feeling came when I had taken not only years alone grappling with prose but also quality time listening to many beta readers’ feedback.