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Revising a Novel

Who's Telling the Story? A Crash Course on Writing Points of View

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

For all of you readers out there, the next time you pick up a novel, consider this: Why did the author choose this point of view? What would have happened if the book had been told from a different perspective? Or even multiple vantage points? The answers may surprise you.

How To You Kill Your Darlings and Lose 100 Pages

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

At any rate, I managed to whittle the book down to 480 pages in three days. In doing so, here's what I learned about the art of murder by red pen...

Should You Scrap that Novel? Maybe Not

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

There is always a point, about 250 pages into writing a novel, where I want to set fire to it.

Should You Self Publish? From Traditional to Indie and Back Again: One Hybrid Author Tells All

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

I just saw my new novel in a bookstore for the first time and nearly cried. Oh, all right, I'll come clean: I did cry. It isn't every day that your dr...

Revising Your Novel: Is Back Story Clogging Your Narrative Flow?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.16.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Keep the back story sparse and sprinkle it throughout your book instead of front loading. That way, your narrative tension will be tight instead of slack, and your reader will be drawn forward by wanting to know the story behind the story.