Everything Novel: How to Revise in a Modern World

This month, the DeadDarlings team shared what's worked for us when we've taken a red pen to our writing. Each of the featured bloggers are graduates of Grub's Novel Incubator program.

 

 

Character Count

Sharissa Jones exceeds 144 characters to examines sentences that work in Jumping the Cut: Writing Transitional Scenes in the Netflix and Twitter Age .

 

Debut Deadline

Belle Brett shares her preflight checklist for marketing her novel Six Months until Publication: Tentative Tips from a Debut Novelist. 

 

Existential Editing

Looking for Ten Tips for Losing a Hundred Pages? Emily Ross has ...

May 16, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice

Getting to Grips with a Big Revision of Your Novel

by Katrin Schumann

I'm working on a major revision of a novel I wrote some years ago and put away in a drawer. I loved and still love the story, but I think it needs a more compelling central question. Right now, I'd call it a "family saga," and while there's nothing inherently wrong with that, I'd like to create a through-line in the story that makes it more compelling. I want readers to be thinking, Oh my god, what happens next?

April 4, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice

Think in Terms of Guidelines, Not Rules

There's a distinctly rebellious air about the Muse and the Marketplace Conference this year. Come April 6-8 at Boston's Park Plaza, #Muse18 presenters will be letting loose on the writing rules that have held our manuscripts hostage for far too long. To kick off the conversation ahead of the Muse weekend, this year's Muse series explores the writing, publishing, and workshop rules, conventions, and accepted norms that authors, agents, and editors at the Muse love to hateand why they'd love to see them broken. Some presenters will also offer their own rules or conventions that ...

March 28, 2018 | Crystal King

Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

January 24, 2018 | Henriette Lazaridis

Craft Advice

Top Four Writers' Phobias, and What to Do About Them in 2018

By Katrin Schumann

I write a lot about writers’ insecurities because for 99.9 percent of us, fear lurks behind the brave faces we put on. Depending on where we are in our careers, we may all be afraid of different types of failures, but these deep-seated anxieties rarely go away completely.

Most artists learn to live with fear—and some learn to use it to drive toward better work. I might even dare to say that if you don’t experience doubt or fear, you should be worried. Overconfidence usually doesn’t serve writers well.

January 3, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

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