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The Second and a Half Draft

July 4, 2013 by


This last pass of the edit is annoying. I keep having to tell myself off. I’ll be cruising through a scene and I’ll hiccup over something and backtrack and glare at it. But it won’t be an easy fix. At this point things are either insanely minor, and I take care of them without even […]

House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.*

July 2, 2013 by


I have reached the end of the book in the current draft, which is not the same as saying I’ve finished the draft but is close. I still have to take another quick spin through to double-check the changes and then possibly proofread, because that’s always a good time. I am actually super excited about […]

How Many Beta Readers Do You Need?

December 6, 2012 by


Someone asked me the other day how many beta readers I usually have for a book. I thought I’d share my answer since it’s a question I get fairly often and it’s a bit complicated. Fundamentally, it’s a fight between wanting as many people as is humanly possible to give feedback and the opportunity cost […]

The For-God’s-Sake-Put-the-Book-Down-and-Walk-Away Approach to Editing

March 29, 2012 by


I just found a plot hole in the second book of Path. It’s tiny really, but I’m still sitting here thinking, How did no one notice that? How did I not notice that? I have to rewrite all of, oh, two paragraphs, so it’s not a problem at all. Except for the way it makes […]