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The difference between editing and revising and whether or not these things are even necessary
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 2:45 PM
Last night I was talking with my sister and brother-in-law about how some people need to revise and some write a first draft that is basically the final draft. We weren't just discussing fiction which few people write, but writing papers for school. My sister is a high school english teacher and my brother-in-law used to be a college professor and they were... Read More...
Looking back at an old story; Looking back at a successful week
Friday, January 22, 2010 1:50 PM
Too often in this quest, I find myself having to give up because something I'm trying to write or trying to revise just isn't working and I don't know how to fix it. I'm faced with the choice of continuing to stare at my computer screen not accomplishing anything or give up and try something else. For the sake of my sanity and being productive... Read More...
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Try With A Little Help From Your Friends
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 11:15 AM
Coming up through the Florida State creative writing program I’ve come to lean heavily on the workshopping process because that is how most writing intensive classes are formatted here. And there is nothing wrong with that. The fact of the matter is you need other people’s opinions because you can’t think of everything yourself and you never know how exactly... Read More...
The Critical Eye
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 3:12 PM
I’ve said numerous times in this blog that you have to read a lot to be able to write a lot. To take this a step further, I think that it is essential for a writer to view what he or she read with what a critical eye, that is to say, while you’re reading be on the look out for things you like and things you dislike. If you see something you like take a mental... Read More...
Advice From Professionals and Professors: Part II: Writing and Editing
Friday, January 23, 2009 4:09 PM
I've often talked about how I try to write on a schedule. Something I've heard over and over again from professional writers is that you have to write everyday and it helps to write on a schedule. Everyone has to individually figure out when and where they work best. A former graduate student here at FSU told me once, and he had been published several... Read More...

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