It Really Is About The Revision

2014-10-21 09.46.15When I signed up for the workshop sessions I wanted to attend at the SCBWI WIK’14 conference, the first one I pounced on was “Revision Strategies For Your Rough Draft.”

Granted, I noticed that Courtney Miller-Callihan was leading that session and as agents go, she was one I’d been wanting to meet. BUT that was just an added bonus. Because I am always on the lookout for revision tips and strategies. Mostly because I am always in the throes of one revision or another.

I don’t think I’m that unusual, as writers go. I churn out words pretty quickly, whether it’s a blog post, an article, a story, or even a novel. (Okay, okay. The novels take a bit longer, but comparatively speaking, I get ‘er done in a mostly timely manner.) But the rewrites? The revisions?

It’s a lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng process. (Well, maybe not the blog posts…)

Anyway, for me, writing is really about the rewriting. So any technique I can find that might help in that department is golden in my book. And I heard one from Courtney that was quite sparkly so I shared it in my Muffin post today: Revision Strategies (You’ll Thank Me Later).

If you’re doing NaNo, you’re going to need revision.

Or maybe you’re still revising a NaNo manuscript from *cough, cough*.

The point is, you can never have enough great revision strategies. So if you have one, how about sharing?

Tuesday Writing Tips: Here, There, and Everywhere

So we’re skidding  into the last days of November, scrambling to finish what we started, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, back on the first days of November.

If you’re participating in NaNo, I hope your words have been many and mostly making sense. I completely forgot to mention my guest post over at Agent Courtney’s blog, but it’s not too late for you take a tip from that timely post.

I’m caught up (just!) for Picture Book Idea Month and I am not going to lie–I have been looking out the window practically every day to find an idea. So there are an inordinate number of picture books featuring squirrels, dogs, joggers, leaves falling off trees, decaying pumpkins… Well, I think you get the picture (Ugh. Sorry about that.). But honestly, there are a few gems in the file, so I stand by my tip: ideas are everywhere, if you just take a look around.

And I just zipped over to check out The Next Big Thing over at Sioux’s blog and Debra’s blog and I cannot wait to read these finished manuscripts! Not just because I really like both of these women and their writing, but also because they both came up with great synopsis lines for their works-in-progress. If you can write a great one-line synopsis of your manuscript, then you’ve got a great handle on what your book’s about. And what’s more, you know exactly how you want to pitch it to an agent or publisher.

That’s a golden writing tip, too. So take your pick of a tip–and cross that November finish line with a wow! (And maybe a whew, too!)


Finding Answers to Query Bio Questions

I know you’re probably wondering about the connection between the Georgia Guidestones and finding answers to query bio questions. I was kind of wondering myself until it suddenly came to me (because I wanted to use this neat picture): mysteries!

Those guidestones are one great big mystery plopped down in a field in the middle of nowhere (no offense to Elberton, Georgia). And if you’re a writer, working on finding an agent, you might feel as if you’ve plopped down right in the middle of a query mystery. We’re always looking for answers to our query questions, aren’t we? Well, friends, this post’s for you.

Um, technically, not this post. It’s this post over at Agent Courtney. Agent Courtney had a swell contest wherein she agreed to critique the winners’ query bios. Her critique of the first winner’s query bio was very interesting and informative, not to mention really detailed. And she very nicely posted it on her blog for all the world to see. Like you and me.

So I hope I remember to go back to her blog and see her next couple posts for more information on what makes a winning query bio and clear up at least one mystery in my life. 

(Is it just me, or do you laugh when you read “query bio”? OH. I know what it is now…bio sorta sounds like BO. And now that I think about it, I’ve probably written my share of stinky queries. Suddenly I’m not laughing so much.)