Last Friday, I completed the copyedits for Accounting for it All, which is good news since the book is now out in less than a month! This round of edits was especially grueling, both because copyedits require a sharp look at the text itself, and also because of the timeline on which they had to be… Continue reading Bro, Do You Even Copyedit?
It’s time for another Biblio Breakdown! In this installment of the series, we’ll examine John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down. If you recognize the name John Green, you should. Aside from Turtles (and a number of other titles), he’s the author of The Fault in Our Stars, a book so impactful that even just typing its title… Continue reading Biblio Breakdown: Turtles All the Way Down
This post is part of the Write With Me series. For more like this, check out the writing your novel page. For this installment of the series, we’re talking action: no, not high-flying combat action, but rather things like non-verbal cues and character tics. The Importance of Precision In keeping with the idea that art imitates life, it… Continue reading Character Action
This post is part of the Write With Me series. For more like this, check out the writing your novel page. In one way or another, characters communicate with one another. Body language, text, telepathy (if your story features something like that)–all of it is fair game where writing is concerned. Of course, though, the most popular… Continue reading Dialogue, Part One
This post is part of the Write With Me series. For more like this, check out the writing your novel page. PROPORTION Well, that was annoying. Before you abandon thread, though, let’s ask ourselves why that was so off-putting. The answer comes easily: writing “proportion” like that just wasn’t necessary—except that it was for reasons that will… Continue reading Proportion
This post is part of the Write With Me series. For more like this, check out the writing your novel page. Developing all the hard work we put into our character sketching is critical when writing an early draft. Sometimes, though, we can go a bit overboard with how many of those details we include on the… Continue reading Characterization and Exposition
It’s Biblio Breakdown time! In this installment, we’ll explore voice and intimacy in point of view in Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West. Before we begin our analysis, I’ll quote the book blurb so we have a little bit of context as we move forward. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people… Continue reading Biblio Breakdown: Exit West