Category Archives: Editing

On fighting perfectionism by daring to be bad

We all get by with a little help from our friends. I touched on the subject of raving perfectionism yesterday, but this new blogger nailed it: A-Plus Student Syndrome. I laughed, because I recognized my own neurotic thoughts. It has … Continue reading

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Doing the Beta Bop: Nothing better than a friend with a big knife

There is a rich literature on procrastination and writing… well, it’s simple. We put off writing, because it means abandoning that perfect vision in our heads, in favor of butt in chair,  fingers on keyboard, brain downloading, which produces something … Continue reading

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Doing the Beta Bop (Beta Reader Interviews): TruantPony, part 3 (Sex and the Single Story)

The Beta Bop is a social dance, and in this week’s three-part series of interviews, I’ll be talking with one of my favorite dance partners, TruantPony. Part 1, How You Do What You Do (including brief bio) is here, and Part 2, … Continue reading

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Summer NaNo: Three magical moments

Writing is full of magical moments. I’m in the middle of several of them right now: the glamour of first draft, the rewards of beta-reading, and the lessons of prolific production. There’s the night before creation, when the story starts … Continue reading

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Doing the Beta Bop: What I get out of being a beta reader

One of the great things about beta reading other writers’ work is that it gets me out of myself and lets me leave my own stuff alone for a while. Now let’s get down to cases: most writers have a … Continue reading

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Doing the Beta Bop: what I get from my beta-readers

Doing the Beta Bop Since I’ve been both giving and receiving beta-reading this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the benefits. I’m going to explore this over a series of posts, including meditations on the mutual benefit of trading … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Throwing Yourself into Editing

Today my colleague Becca Patterson and I are exchanging guest posts on the underrated adventure of editing. To see my post on editing, visit her blog, The Cat’s Mreauow.  It starts when you look up and see just how much … Continue reading

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