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

News from DeadDarlings: The Road to Publication

This month we looked at the many milestones for writers looking for publication from theDeadDarlings office. Here is some of our best advice and musings for key steps along the way.

Take a Delightful Detour
Jerry Whelan explains how his fascination with long-dead New England abolitionists and digging for his own ancestral roots combine in his fiction in DNA, Memory and Fiction as Magic: A True Story.

Monitor Your Spedometer
Sharissa Jones talks about pacing your store by Choosing Between the Part and Present Tense.  

Toot Your Own Horn
If you have trouble selling your novel, check out ...

March 21, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Books & Reading Craft Advice The Writing Life

News from DeadDarlings: Writing for All Kinds of Weather

Gray skies are going to clear up! This month has us looking to the sky for answers on writing and inspiration at the DeadDarlings offices. Here's what is on our radar for good writing.

Cold front
Kat Gibson discusses how to determine the genre of your novel in My Novel is a Snowflake.

February 21, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

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

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