Thoughts on Reading Through My Novel’s Second Draft

And then there were two: first (left) and second (right) drafts of my WIP

I’ve been down this road before.

The first time I did a complete read-through of my novel, I was terrified of what I’d find.

This time, I was excited as hell.

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Getting Ready for (More) Revision: My Favourite Revision Tips

I’ve read a lot of writing craft books in my life, but until recently, none of these were about revision.

The reason being because, until recently, I never had a completed, novel-length work in need of revising.

Never being the sort put the proverbial cart before the horse, I always wanted my education in writing to occur in an orderly sequence, comprising only those aspects of which I’d have immediate use.  This way of thinking served me well for the past 16 years, less the six of those I temporarily gave up writing altogether.

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3 Times Wonder Woman Made Me Wonder “What the Hell?” (pt. 2)

(Continued from Part 1)

Last week, I started writing about the things I disliked about the movie Wonder Woman.

This particular post was a follow-up to one about the things I did like about the movie.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie.  However, no movie is perfect and no form of media exists outside of the societal context in which it’s created.

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3 Times Wonder Woman Made Me Wonder “What the Hell?” (pt. 1)

No movie is perfect; that’s just a given.

Even those that come will have aspects of it that demand closer scrutiny.  Not even great movies are beyond critique.  Meanwhile, critiquing a movie doesn’t have to mean you didn’t still enjoy it.

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Living the Knight Life in the Middle Ages (Medieval Mondays #8a)

Few aspects of medieval history capture the imagination quite like the medieval knight.

In many ways, it is the knight who seems to embody the spirit of the Middle Ages.

With his horse and sword, his armour, and the perception that he fought with honour and for good, the knight seems to harken back to a simpler time of when the forces of evil had a singular face and could be vanquished with a noble heart and a strong forearm.

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3 Reasons Wonder Woman was a Wonderful Movie

I’ve never much liked superheroes.

With the exception of a brief fondness for Superman in my childhood – and this more on account of his being Christopher Reeve rather than “super” – I’ve cared little for any superhero’s exploits.

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