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Good Writing Habits
 

 

Other Good Writing Habits Topics

 

1. Preparation

3. Feedback & Revision

 

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2. Writing Through

 

(vii) FACE UP TO IT NOW

 

Every novel creates its own unique pitfalls. I used to think that, with experience, I’d be able to get everything right first time and hardly need to revise. No such luck. I avoid many of the old pitfalls, I’m sure, but I still find new ones to drop into.

One general principle I’ve learned is that the parts I shirk are the parts that come back to bite me. OK, I tell myself, there’s a weakness in motivation here, but I think I can just about patch it over … OK, I haven’t really developed the social side of Upper Decks life on the juggernaut, but the main focus on Col’s personal story should be enough to carry it off … No, not OK!

The issue I don’t deal with typically resurfaces further down the track. Sometimes it’ll bring the story to a grinding halt, sometimes it lies lurking until readers and editors point it out.

The case of Col and the juggernaut comes from Worldshaker again. My excuses to myself about the lack of social life didn’t wash with readers and editors. In the end, I had to go back and do the hard yards!

If you judge some part of your novel as good enough rather than good, that’s the part that’ll haunt you. You may as well face up to it now!

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UPPER DECKS OF THE JUGGERNAUT, WORLDSHAKER

 

 

OTHER WRITING THROUGH TOPICS

 

(i) WRITING ROUTINE

(ii) OVERNIGHTING

(iii) PRE-FILMING

(iv) FROM STATIC TO DYNAMIC

(v) CREATING INTO A SPACE

(vi) GETTING STUCK

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