Tag: revising

Evolution of a Novel

My new middle-grade novel, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6, comes out next month from James Lorimer & Company. Just in time for back to school. It’s a comedy aimed at reluctant readers, and it’s my first book with a female protagonist: Becky Lennox. I love that girl. Her…

Intrinsic Motivation Running Out

I have to drag myself to the keyboard to finish drafting my new teen novel, Across the Water (a sequel to All Good Children, forthcoming Fall 2011 from Orca Book Publishers). It’s not that I can’t figure out the ending. It’s that I know what horror awaits me in revising…

Dreaded Edits

“Editing is the same as quarreling with writers — same thing exactly.”  – Harold Ross, founder of The New Yorker magazine I am SO happy because I have finished Round One of edits on both my teen novel, All Good Children, and my middle-grade novel,…

Always Someone’s Story

I’m halfway through scene-by-scene revisions on my novel. (These are the big revisions; I’ll still have cutting and polishing after I’m done—it never ends). Saturday morning, I reread the revised 140 pages and grew depressed because the first few pages were dull, dull, dull. It gets…

Stone by Stone

I am slowly but surely building a novel from my messy draft. Some days I only have time to edit a few pages – slim progress on what seems like an impossibly large job. But even pyramids were built stone by stone, so surely I can finish a book the same…

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