A Word on Word Lists

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria: The First Draft and the version of Hysteria published … Continue reading A Word on Word Lists

Doing Dialogue

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the … Continue reading Doing Dialogue

Making Movement

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the … Continue reading Making Movement

Getting Informative

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the version of … Continue reading Getting Informative

Figuring Out the Story

NOTE: In this series of articles we’re looking specifically at how I self-edit, this doesn’t mean you have to use my methods, these articles are examples of the way I work. They may help you, or at least give you some tips, or they may not. These articles compare Hysteria The First Draft and the version of … Continue reading Figuring Out the Story

Hysteria: The First Draft

WARNING: Rude metaphors ahead. This is the original introduction to the world of Victorian Mistress, completely unedited and not even checked for typos. I was asked about my self-editing method and the easiest way to explain it seemed to be to post an example of my unedited work to compare to an edited example. NOTE: … Continue reading Hysteria: The First Draft

Elements of Editing

I'm back and this week I'm answering a question that came via twitter about how I self-edit. Now I think it's important to emphasis that while this week's articles are about editing they are about my personal approach. This doesn't mean you can't pick up some tricks from it, I simply want to be clear … Continue reading Elements of Editing

Getting Characters Talking

Dialogue is important when creating characters. How they speak, what they say and what they don't say all tell us things about who they are. Discussing Dialogue: Distinction in Dialogue Frenetic Phonetics Verbal Verbosity Please Mind The Gap Dictating Dialogue: Grammar in Speech Elliptical Ellipses Dabbling in Dialect Backing up Backstory Mixing in Monologue Adding … Continue reading Getting Characters Talking

Bringing it all Together

So we know what our narrator knows, we know what they think they know, we know what they need to find out at we’ve been dropping the hints, but how do we bring it all together? If there’s something the first-person narrator needs to know or motivations they need to figure out how are we … Continue reading Bringing it all Together

Dropping Hints

As we’re writing a first-person/subjective narrator we can hint at the narrator’s past relationship or great knowledge with asides rather than outright telling the reader what they know. A basic aside might be ‘I’d heard that before’, do they mean in a general sense or from that character in particular? We don’t have to tell … Continue reading Dropping Hints