3 Big Misconceptions About Novel Outlines That Every Writer Needs to Know

3 Big Misconceptions About Novel Outlines That Every Writer Needs to Know

3 Big Misconceptions About Novel Outlines That Every Writer Needs to Know   Do you avoid creating novel outlines because you don’t think they will be helpful to your work? Novel outlines can be extremely helpful to writers. But many writers avoid creating them. They think the cons outweigh the pros.   But here are three big misconceptions about novel outlines that writers need to know.   False Belief #1: Outlines are written in stone. Often, writers avoid creating outlines because they think they’ll be tied to what’s written on the outlines. That they won’t be able to stray from them and write what really comes out. But that’s not necessarily true.   The main purpose of a novel outline is to outline the story. That’s it. If a new twist pops up that would have your readers at the edge of their seats, you’re free to make the change.   There is so much that goes into a novel that an outline isn’t going to cover everything. By default, there’s...
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3 Really Hard But Necessary Ways to Improve Your Novel Manuscript

3 Really Hard But Necessary Ways to Improve Your Novel Manuscript

3 Really Hard But Necessary Ways to Improve Your Novel Manuscript   How do you write a solid first draft? Why waste time with significant edits when you can write a solid first draft and save yourself the trouble? Who wants to spend months and even years editing a manuscript? I don’t. I want it done right (or close to) the first time so I don’t have to spend countless hours revising a manuscript that doesn’t work.   Sometimes we just need to write novels that will go nowhere. That’s perfectly acceptable. Many writers have manuscripts stuck in folders that they’ll never take the time to edit into polished manuscripts. That’s okay. Most of us cringe at the thought. All of that time and effort put into producing a story for what purpose? If it’s just going to go down the drain, why do it?   But the thing is, it takes time to learn to write well. Everyone can write. But not everyone can write...
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5 Common Editing Mistakes Writers Make When Preparing a Manuscript for an Editor

5 Common Editing Mistakes Writers Make When Preparing a Manuscript for an Editor

5 Common Editing Mistakes Writers Make When Preparing a Manuscript for an Editor If you’re ready to send your latest work-in-progress to a professional editor, congratulations! You’re bound to be excited because you know that before long, you’ll be able to publish your novel and get it into readers’ eager hands. Maybe this is your first novel and you’re dying to see your name in print. Or this is your seventh, but it’s a project you’re feeling particularly excited about. Whatever the case may be, you’ll want to make sure you’re avoiding these five common editing mistakes when preparing your manuscript for a professional editor. 1. Not Allowing Enough Editing Time Writers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, metaphorically speaking. Some writers edit their manuscripts for years until they feel they’ve edited them to perfection. Others just want their work in readers’ hands, and as a result, the story itself often needs significant adjustments. But here’s a secret tip: the best way to...
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