Why Writers Should Read Their Own Books….

…even after publication.   Before, for instance, turning in the next book (if at all possible.)  At least read the old manuscript file.  Because otherwise a person who thinks she knows *exactly* what the end of the previous book was like (after all, it’s the last thing she revised, and proofread, and sent off to Editor) Read More…

Rewrite in…

Earlier this week I sent back the latest rewrite…and boy, should you be celebrating the fact that Editor held my feet to the fire and made me work the monster over again.  It’s MUCH better now.  (Editor may not think it’s enough better, as is Editor’s prerogative, but it’s definitely better.)  Among other things, while Read More…

Done Again, Dunnigan

This afternoon I mailed the manuscript back to Editor.  It’s done.  It’s done again for the umpteenth time.   I thought it was done last week, but Editor was busy with something else and said “I’ll be ready for it in a week and a half. ”   So I spent a week combing its mane and Read More…

Fossils

In the previous post I blithely announced that I was finished, done, absolutely and finally done with the structural revisions. This morning, working on temporal nits (the book has day-by-day notation in some places, and Editor had found some of them to be either confusing or obviously wrong–fossils of earlier drafts), I found a great Read More…

Step One + Snippet

Saturday, April 2, I finished the structural parts of the revisions. Now I’m going over the other comments. Stuff has been taken out. Stuff taken out was partly at the request of Editor and partly my initiative, as the changes in structure up to that point made the stuff taken out less organic to the Read More…