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Writing a novel without adjectives is impossible. Writing this 250+ word blog post without adjectives is impossible. But there is a line of thought in the literary community that adjectives should be used sparingly. This isn't a new sentiment. In fact, Mark Twain once said the following about adjectives:

 

"When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them--then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are far apart."

 

Studies have shown that in academic writing, adjectives detract from the message of the work. Of course, we mostly concern ourselves with fiction. It's a completely different discipline and mindset. Does an overuse of adjectives ruin a novel?

 

I've scoured the internet to find consensus on this matter and hopefully uncover an acceptable adjective to non-adjective ratio for writers of fiction, and I have found nothing. There are those who believe that the use of adjectives in writing has been deemed less and less acceptable over the years by the literary elite. Some point out that certain genres--like romance and fantasy--embrace the use of adjectives more than other genres.

 

I side with Mark Twain on this one. I think adjectives are more effective if they are used in moderation. Use them too much and you run the risk of telling your readers what they should get out of a passage. You, the writer, get in the way of the story. Step back and let the reader do some of the work. Let them find the meaning in your story on their own. Let them come up with their own adjectives.

 

-Richard

 

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"Not Adverbs," He Said Angrily.

 

Invest in Your Writing

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In the past I've blogged about how giving your characters quirks helps make them seem like real people. The same can be said for peppering your manuscript with the occasional detail. Adding descriptive nuggets such as colors, sounds or smells enriches the picture forming in your readers' minds, which draws them into the story. And that's exactly what you want to happen--you want your readers to feel completely immersed in the world you've created for them. Novels are about escaping from real life, so give readers somewhere to escape to!

 

Details also allow you to show your readers about characters and situations rather than tell them. In other words, details allow readers to infer things about characters without your having to overtly mention them.

 

For example:

 

  • Instead of stating that Joe loves jazz music, why not have jazz music frequently playing in the background at Joe's apartment?

 

  • If the heavyset, middle-aged Penny longs a bit obsessively for the glory days of high school, perhaps her walls are dotted with one too many faded pictures of her dressed in a tiny cheerleader outfit?

 

  • If Stephanie is nervous about an important job interview, are her palms sweaty? Does she have shadows under her eyes from being up all night?

 

My longtime editor, Christina Henry de Tessan, loves detail, and she's always pushing me to add more. I hate her for it because it's more work for me, but I love her for it because I know she's right. Scenes sprinkled with detail draw readers in by giving them something to grab on to. And when your readers are grabbing on, they're entertained, and that's the whole point, right?

 

-Maria

 

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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Use Beats to Show, Not Tell

Connect with Your Characters

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I start today's blog post with a quote from Stephen King:

 

"I believe the road to **** is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops."

 

This declaration of adverse feelings toward adverbs comes from the horror master's book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Let's just say he is not a fan of modifiers that end in "-ly." Given that he's sold tens of millions of books and has had a career that has spanned five decades, it would be wise to at least hear him out.

 

King's main objection is centered on using "-ly" words that follow verbs that identify a speaker of dialogue--said, shouted, whispered, asked, etc. His objection covers a great deal more ground, but he directs his ire on this element of story specifically. His argument is that they are unnecessary at best and intrusive at worst. The context of a passage should be enough to inform the reader of intent.

 

Let's examine the use of such adverbs in a practical setting. Let's say you are writing a mystery. A detective is interrogating a suspect. So, what do we know about the story and characters just from these variables? We know a lot just from the genre. Mystery suggests that your plot is fraught with unknowns that will be uncovered throughout the course of the book. The roll of the characters suggests a somewhat adversarial relationship. We have a lot of information going into the interrogation. The suspect tells the detective he is innocent, and the detective's reply can be written one of two ways:

 

"Why should I believe you?" he asked.

 

Or

 

"Why should I believe you?" he asked skeptically.

 

The detective is questioning a suspect. We can safely assume that he will be skeptical of any claim made by a man he suspects of a crime. Now, that's an easy example, but the same kind of logic can be applied in less obvious cases. You just have to trust the reader.

 

There will be times when these modifiers are necessary, but for the most part, I think King is correct. They should be avoided as much as possible.

 

-Richard

 

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Overwriting? Just Say It!

A Good Writer Can Ruin a Good Story

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Common Word Mix-ups

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Dec 29, 2015

Today I'd like to give a little refresher course on two sets of similar words that can be a little tricky. Here we go:

 

Imply vs. Infer

 

To imply means to suggest or indicate something without actually saying so:

 

  • After David tasted the wine, the look on his face implied that he didn't like it.
  • The tone of Gloria's voice implied that she was upset with David's decision to leave the party early.

 

To infer means to conclude based on evidence:

 

  • From the look on David's face after he tasted the wine, Gloria inferred that he didn't like it.
  • Given the tone of Gloria's voice, it wasn't difficult for David to infer that she was upset with his decision to leave the party early.

 

I find that a good way to remember the difference between the two is that imply (has an M) comes before infer (has an N), just like M comes before N. You need an implication before you can have an inference.

 

Note: Some informal schools of thought say that infer can also be used to mean "imply or hint." However, to quote Webster's Dictionary, this usage "is found in print chiefly in letters to the editor and other informal prose, not in serious intellectual writing."

 

Refer vs. Recommend

 

To refer (used with an object) means to direct someone (to something):

 

  • Gloria referred David to her real estate agent.
  • David's family doctor referred him to a specialist named Dr. Greene.

 

To recommend means to mention favorably:

 

  • Gloria recommended her real estate agent to David.
  • David's family doctor recommended a specialist named Dr. Greene.

 

If you're still having trouble with these two, here's a handy trick: In a letter of recommendation, you're being praised. In a doctor's referral, you're being directed somewhere.

 

If you want people to recommend your books or refer their friends to your work, you will infer from this post that correct word usage is important!

 

-Maria

 

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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More Grammar Pet Peeves!

Why Good Grammar Matters

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I listened to an archived public radio interview with the late David Foster Wallace not long ago, and he made an interesting statement about his writing process. He said that he spent approximately an hour a day writing, then he spent the rest of the day worrying about not writing. Hearing a legendary talent make such a statement made me feel so much better about my own process. Every time I step away from the computer, I kick myself for not writing. I worry that I haven't written enough for the day.

 

Here's what I've come to believe: worrying about not writing is essentially writing. My mind's eye instinctively latches onto a point of the story I walked away from, and I, almost in a panic, focus on what's going to happen next. I replay it over and over again, adding details as I return to the starting point and play the scene out to its conclusion. I wouldn't do that if I wasn't worried about not writing.

 

So, this is strange to say, but I'm thankful for this almost obsessive inability to let go of the guilt of not writing enough. Without it, I might not be able to construct a story. I might not ever be able to develop my characters, or plot out conflicts and conclusions. If I didn't worry about not writing, I might never write.

 

So, to you, my fellow writers, I say embrace that worried feeling that you're not writing enough. It's all part of the writing process.

 

-Richard

 

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Life Outside of Writing

Is There Value in Formulaic Writing?

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Are you missing an untapped revenue stream? Classrooms and books go together like toast and butter. Your book could be a perfect fit for a classroom environment. It doesn't even necessarily have to be a book for young adults. There are countless opportunities to reach students of all ages and backgrounds, and you increase your chances of reaching such a market by doing one thing: creating a teacher's guide for your book.

 

Here is what to include in a teacher's guide should you choose to tap into the classroom market:

  1. One sentence description: This should explain the main conflict of the book.

  2. Short but detailed summary of the book: Write it in present tense and use adjectives sparingly. This is a cut-and-dried summary that covers plot and sub-plots from beginning to end.

  3. Detailed character descriptions: Include your secondary characters.

  4. Summaries for each chapter: Include questions for classroom discussions.

  5. Author interview: Create 10 questions that you think are relevant to the book and offer engaging responses.

 

There are two options you can pursue with the teacher's guide: you can offer it in print-on-demand and eBook formats and make it available for sale, or you can create a PDF that can be downloaded from your website for free. The first option provides you a new direct stream of revenue. The second option can be a loss leader that could lead to more sales of the book overall. Either method gives you the opportunity to reach more readers and make more money.

 

-Richard

 

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The Reader's Guide

Building an Author Brand: Networking

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When I first signed with a literary agent several years ago, she told me to read as much as I could because it would improve my own writing. I never forgot that advice, and while I have always loved to read, after that I began to read with a different eye.

 

I enjoy a variety of genres and always have a book on my nightstand (or on my Kindle), and with each one I learn something that positively affects my own work. Sometimes it's the way an author uses details such as colors, sounds, or smells to enrich a description, or the way I'm drawn into a chapter by a subtle hint that something terrible is going to happen, or how I find myself caring about a particular character due to the way the author shares interesting nuggets about his or her past. (I've said here before that quirks make characters real, and one reason I so strongly believe that is because of how I've responded to characters as a reader, not just because of how my readers have responded to characters I've created.)

 

Another way reading helps me is by expanding my vocabulary. Much like the way I speak, with each novel I write I find myself reaching for the same words and phrases because they're familiar to me, and the force of habit is strong! Now I keep a notebook by my bed when I'm reading and jot down words or descriptions that jump out at me as unusual, interesting, or flat-out unfamiliar. I love the Kindle because I can look up a word's meaning simply by pressing the screen--and when I'm reading a paperback I keep a good ol' fashioned dictionary handy.

 

They say to be a writer you should (try to) write every day. Toss in some reading, and you're on your way!

 

-Maria

 

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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Want to Improve Your Writing? Read!

Does Writing Change the Author?

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The Blank Wall Method

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Dec 21, 2015

Here's how I want you to start writing your next book. Give yourself a wall. Don't build one. Just clear the wall in front of your desk of everything but the paint. This bare wall is your canvas, and this is where you are going to bring your story to life.

 

Things are going to get messy. Resign yourself to the fact that you may have to repaint the wall once your book is complete, but creativity, if done right, is a chaotic mess that you are in charge of controlling and applying order to. This wall is where you will organize your thoughts. You'll likely stare at it a great deal of the time, but the rest of the time, when you're not pounding away on your keyboard, you will be covering the wall one-by-one with note cards. These cards are for your flashes of inspiration. Carry them with you wherever you go. When an idea hits, jot it down, and add it to your wall when you get back to your writing corner. Most of what you stick on your wall won't make it into your book. Think of the note cards as your story's brain cells, and they're connected by synapses that fire off and give life to the chaos.

 

You'd be surprised how this method will help you constantly visualize your story and help you stay in the creative zone. There's something about seeing the physical manifestation of your thought process in front of you. You're able to grasp how the thoughts build on one another and give you a complex and engaging story.

 

Now, clear that wall and get started building your story's brain.

 

-Richard

 

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Can Visualization Help You Finish That Manuscript?

Write Non-linearly

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Author-signed books make great gifts. Your biggest fans, however, might not have any idea that they can buy them from you, so why not tell them? You can do this via email, Twitter, Facebook, your newsletter, etc. How much you charge per copy is up to you, and you can even offer to wrap the books yourself and mail them directly to the recipient of the gift.

 

With the holidays just around the corner, I decided to email a couple of friends who are also fans of my books to see if they wanted to buy any signed copies as gifts for their friends. Within an hour both replied with orders for a total of 10 signed books--or $200 payable to me.

 

I think I'm on to something.

 

Today I plan to look through my contacts list and reach out to other friends who are also big fans of my books. I'm not talking about a mass email to everyone I know--I mean personalized, tasteful messages that are more than just sales pitches. Yes, that's time consuming, but book marketing is time consuming. There's simply no way around that.

 

As for physically mailing the books, I strongly suggest going to the post office and asking for the book rate. It's much cheaper than regular shipping, and it includes tracking! I often receive emails from readers of my blog asking if they can send me copies of their work--and if I say yes, the book usually arrives via FedEx or some equally expensive method. Each time that happens I feel bad because that's a double expense for the sender (the book itself and the big shipping fee). The only downside about the book rate is that you can't request it at the self-serve kiosks, so you have to wait in line, but the money you'll save over time is well worth it.

 

-Maria

 

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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Hold a Holiday Contest

Two Easy Ways to Save Money in Your Book Promotion

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Moving On

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Dec 14, 2015

Whenever I launch a new book, I struggle with what I call a post-release hangover. Everything I've had for the past six months to a year has gone into the writing, editing, and publishing of the book, and it is just tough to move on. My creativity has been locked up in one project, and my mind is flooded with "what if" and "maybe I should have..." thoughts when the book is finally made available for sale.

 

Bear with me because I don't know how to put this without conjuring up a possible spontaneous outbreak of a popular song from a popular animated motion picture, but there's no other way to put this: Let it go. Letting go of a book you've published and vanquishing it from your every thought is an enormous undertaking, but it's the only way you can start focusing on your next book. Here are my top three tips for letting go:

 

  1. Don't check reviews over and over again. Allow yourself one day a week to check for new reviews. Doing so more frequently doesn't allow you to move on as quickly as you could.

  2. Surround yourself with other people. I find a night of cards with close friends leads to hours of talk that is not focused on the book.

  3. Binge watch your favorite show. It's a mindless activity that removes you from the book world. A weekend of Breaking Bad always knocks the thoughts of my newly released book from my head. In fact, I often feel inspired to start my next story.

 

One of the best ways to succeed in publishing is to publish multiple titles. If you can't stop thinking about your last release, your publishing career may stall. Don't let that happen. Let it go.

 

-Richard

 

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How to Get Through the First Draft

The "What If" Notebook

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Your Average Reader

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Dec 9, 2015

Read any advice about marketing, and you will invariably find a common refrain: know your average reader. That's easy to write, but how do you know whom your average reader is or where your average reader can be found? Here is my best advice on how to easily locate your average reader.

 

  1. Genre: Your book belongs to a certain genre, and that is great news. Genres come with baseline demographics. True, it won't provide a representation of every reader you want to reach, but it gives you a good indication of whom your average reader is.

  2. Other Books: As original as your book may be, it still bears some similarity to other books. Again, that is great news, particularly if the book was a bestseller. You will more than likely find fan groups online, and you will get an ideal virtual snapshot of your average reader.

  3. The Mirror: Provided you haven't written a young adult novel or a book for children, your average reader could look and act a lot like you. After all, the odds are you wrote with passion, and that passion came from being a fan before you started writing your first book. Reverse engineer your own habits and hangouts.

  4. Subject Matter: Let's say you've written a crime novel featuring a protagonist who psychically communicates with cats. You, my friend, have a niche book, and niche books have well defined average readers. I'm guessing it would take you no time at all on a search engine to find groups that are fascinated by cats with psychic abilities.

 

Once you've found your average readers, reaching out is a matter of getting involved in their online communities and introducing yourself as an author. Don't push. Participate. Be a valued member of their communities, and they will become curious until they aren't just average readers, but your readers.

 

-Richard

 

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Find Smaller Markets to Sell More Books

It's Not Just a Hobby, It's a Marketing Opportunity

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A lot of people out there are afraid to use the pronoun "me." I think the aversion must start in elementary school, when you proudly declare "Me and Gloria are best friends!" and your mom shakes her head and says, "Gloria and I are best friends."

 

Mom is right because in that instance "I" is a subject. However, "me" is correct when you need an object.

 

Here are some examples of how to use "I" and "me" correctly:

 

*Gloria and Maria are in charge of the team

*Gloria and I are in charge of the team (CORRECT)

*Gloria and me are in charge of the team (INCORRECT)

 

That was super obvious, right? How about these:

 

*That's a great photo of Gloria and Maria

*That's a great photo of Gloria and me (CORRECT)

*That's a great photo of Gloria and I (INCORRECT)

 

In this case "me" is the correct choice because it's an object.

Confused? Remove Gloria from the sentence, and the answer becomes more obvious:

 

*That's a great photo of me (CORRECT)

*That's a great photo of I (INCORRECT)

 

Here are some more examples:

 

*You can call Gloria or Maria with that information

*You can call Gloria or me with that information (CORRECT)

*You can call Gloria or I with that information (INCORRECT)

 

The correct choice here is "me" because it's an object. Again, removing Gloria makes it more obvious:

 

*You can call me with that information (CORRECT)

*You can call I with that information (INCORRECT)

 

When you're not sure whether to use "I" or "me," ask yourself, Is this a subject or an object? And if you're still not sure, get rid of the other person in the sentence, and you'll know the answer. (Sorry Gloria!)

 

-Maria

 

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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Grammar Tip: She and I, Not Her and I

Grammar Tip: Who vs. That

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Indie authors are--well, independent, as independent as you can get in the publishing industry. Those who have chosen the indie route call the shots at every stage of the publishing process, from soup to nuts, from the words on the page to the marketing of the finished product. It's a simultaneously envious and frightening position to be in. Succeeding as an indie author requires unshakable discipline.

 

Such independence without the needed discipline can create a meandering publishing experience that will eventually careen off course and crash. My advice is to embrace your freedom by imposing deadlines. Yes, that sounds counterintuitive, but the goal here is to give yourself, as an indie, a voice, a book that people will read and rave about, a book that will make them hunger for your next book. That requires a type of passion that can burn brightly and burn out quickly. The trick is to give them that next offering while interest is hot.

 

Deadlines help you do two things: they help you ride that wave of interest and capitalize on your readers' hunger for more. And, I have also found that they help you stay focused. With a deadline looming, your brain finds chunks of story at every moment. They aren't all worth committing to paper, but they help you cycle through until you find something that takes you to the next point in your story. My experience has been that a deadline helps me move on more quickly through the various stages of a manuscript. I let the story grow outside of my head and get a fresh perspective. It is a constraint that forces me to be more creative, and personally, I find deadlines fun.

 

As an indie author, deadlines offer you more freedom as an artist, and they give you the discipline to succeed. I wholeheartedly recommend them.

 

-Richard

 

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Discipline to Write

Reward Yourself

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I recently received an email from an author named S.J. (That is a purposefully androgynous pen name.) S.J. was doing a blog tour to help promote the launch of his/her first novel and wanted to know if I would consider letting him/her do a guest post on my personal website.

 

I'd never had anyone do a guest post, but S.J. mentioned that he/she had read all my books, so I wanted to help. Why wouldn't I? S.J. had supported me, so I wanted to support S.J. in return. (S.J. is also a loyal reader of my blog and even mentioned his/her favorite post in the message.)

 

S.J. had been writing professionally for many years but was a first-time novelist, so I thought my readers would appreciate some thoughts on what he/she had learned from the process. Here's the post on my website.

 

The same week I received an email from another debut author, whom I won't name. He asked me if I wanted to interview him on my website. I asked him if he'd read any of my books, and he said no. Then I asked him if he'd ever read my blog, and he admitted that no, he hadn't. I never heard from him after that.

 

Do you see the difference a personal touch can make? S.J. took the time to personalize his/her outreach to me, and it resulted in a guest post on my blog. The other author used a copy/paste/generic approach, and it resulted in nothing. If he had opened his message with "Hey, I haven't read any of your books, but I just ordered a couple for my sister..." our interaction would have been very different. Keep that in mind that next time you reach out to a fellow author for help!

 

-Maria

 

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor and the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, and Wait for the Rain. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Have questions for Maria? You can find her at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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The Power of a Personal Connection

Use a Personal Touch When Reaching Out or Following Up

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Reward Yourself

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Nov 30, 2015

The movie version of The Martian was released on October 2 of this year, and I was pretty stoked to see it. I had seen a trailer for the film months before, when I wasn't even aware that the book had been independently published and had become a viral sensation. The story appealed to me, and I was anxious to see the film.

 

My problem was that I was in the middle of rewrites. Since I had agreed to a deadline with a third party, I had to crack the whip more fiercely and more frequently than ever before. I told myself, "You can see the movie when you're done with the rewrites." So, it began. I deconstructed the manuscript, rebuilt it, and deconstructed it again. During breaks, I would hop online and read Facebook posts by friends talking about how great the movie was.

 

"Maybe I could just take a couple of hours and go see the movie," I thought, but I refused to give in. The movie would be my reward. I moved forward with the rewrites, even picking up the pace. Not only was I anxious to get the book to my editor, I was anxious to see The Martian. And then it happened, ten days before the deadline, I turned in the manuscript. The very next day I was sitting in the movie theater watching The Martian.

 

Rewards should be a part of your writing process. Yes, writing the book should be reward enough, but on those days or for those books where you need a little extra push, give yourself something to work for. You'd be surprised how much more special it makes your achievement feel.

 

-Richard

 

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AAUGH! Rewrites!

Rewrites: Make the Hardest Changes First

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