Friday, June 29, 2018

Seven Writing Links -- Volume 188

This Week's Writing Links
Photo Courtesy of Visual Hunt

I’ve kept myself busy over the last week editing the first draft of the fanfic I mentioned in my last IWSG post. So far, the chapters have been in pretty good shape, mostly only needing a bit of tightening here and there. I guess this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise considering I’ve probably gone back over these early chapters about 10,000 times over the past ten years. It’ll be interesting to see what happens as I move deeper into the book.

However, it seems that every chapter contains one section that needs major work. These passages are only about a page or two in length, but they’re filled with paragraph after paragraph of incoherent words, multiple versions of sentences, logic problems, and notes to myself, all color coded to help me keep track of the mess. 

These sections have plagued me for years, some of them almost from the beginning. It’s not like I haven’t worked on them during previous edits, but I found them so difficult I eventually gave up and told myself that I’d come back to them "later."  Over and over and over again. 

Well, I've finally arrived at "later" and I can no longer put them off. I need to make the hard decisions and fix these pages. I’ll be taking a long bus ride this weekend and my plan is to fix these problems before the ride is over. Wish me luck! .

Enjoy the writing links! 


8 Common Pacing Problems

Wax On, Wax Off: 5 Areas To Polish Before Submitting A Manuscript

What's a piece of writing advice that you completely ignore?

How to Motivate the Writer Inside of You

How Structure Affects Pacing

What to Do When Your Critique Feedback Gets Ignored

Create Drama with Your Character’s Desire


  1. You can do it!
    And if it gets really bad, just delete those sections and start over.

  2. Best of luck! You'll figure it out. :)

    I've tossed out and rewritten one chapter five times just because it wasn't flowing right or was taking too long. Finally, I had to remove a character all together to make it work.

  3. Buck up little camper and get 'er done.

  4. Good collection again, Ken. The writing advice ignored--good ones.

  5. Is it wrong to say cut it out? Or cut and paste it else where. Whatever you do, you'll make it work eventually. ;-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  6. I'm really terrific at putting a "deal with this later" note on my stories - just hate when "later" arrives! Good luck :)

  7. Sounds like a plan. I'm one of those people who get car sick if I read in a moving vehicle. Couldn't do what you're doing. Thanks for the links.

  8. I'm sure you'll figure it out eventually!
    Thank you for the writing links.

  9. Later is such an easy excuse, eh? Good for you in getting in and addressing the hard stuff. You know, I had one book that I did that--edited to death...or rather to publication. It's a good practice, but I also found the value in moving on and creating new, better works. We grow so much in the process that it's nice to apply our hard-gained wisdom to new concepts. It's really encouraging too.

  10. good luck fixing those plaguing problems! you can do it!