Bad Habits for Writers – Highlighting the Problems

I was privileged last Saturday to attend the second of Sara Grant’s Revision Workshops hosted by North East SCBWI in York. Much was learnt during Sara’s workshops, too much to detail in one post, but I thought I’d share one insight, which I have found very helpful.

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Making a Map of Your Story

So, you’ve finished your first draft. You’ve typed those two wonderful words ‘The End’. Wouldn’t it be lovely if it really was, if the book was finished – but it’s not. After writing comes re-writing.

I’ve been working on the first draft of Cradlesnatch on and off for over three years, which I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. I’ve lost sight of the thing as a whole and what I’m left with feels like a big messy plate of spaghetti. It has no structure. What I want is a beautifully constructed lasagne, with its organised layers of pasta, cheese and sauce. The perfect balance of tastes and textures.

So what should I do?

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