>Now that I’ve finished for the most part with creating a Blog and then transferring that Blog to WordPress Blog, I can get back to the parts I like! Writing and Editing and Research for my manuscript. Yay! That is today’s plan. So, lets focus on tips for writing and editing.
I have a magic wand for you, Dear Reader, to use when editing! It is Stephen King’s formula for writing, then cutting out the clutter. This was good advice that he received from an agent after one of his manuscripts was, yet again, rejected.
Here is the formula King uses: Second Draft = First Draft -10%
I read about the formula in Stephen King’s book, “On Writing “ recommended to me by Tone Milazzo, Author of Picking Up the Ghost , and Batton Lash, Author and Artist of Supernatural Law . Thanks guys!
Much of King’s book is a humorous tale of his background, and his life as a constant Writer before getting well published. But once you get to a chapter he calls “Tools“ the book really takes off!
The “Tools” chapter and beyond are some great, solid bites of getting your words on the page, and then editing, and to quote King, “Kill your darlings “. What this means is, after you have decided you have edited out all you possibly could from your manuscript, after you think it is finished, do it again. You do not have your final draft until you have killed the passages you think are “Darling”, i.e. your “keepers”, etc. When you have rewritten your best scenes, then you are on your way to a better manuscript.
If you think it sounds nit-picky, try it. Are there any adverbs you left in play? Get rid of them and rewrite those sentences that contain them. Do your Beta Readers (Also called Betas, people who read your manuscript before editor or agent) yawn each time they hit a certain passage? Kill it! Got a long tirade that really doesn’t move the story forward, or back story that doesn’t clearly have a reason for being there? “Kill those Darlings!” I’ll chat at you later after I’ve revamped my favorite passages.
- “I love this but I can’t publish it.” (efharvey.wordpress.com)
- Resource of the Week: On Writing, by Stephen King (thewritersroomottawa.wordpress.com)
- >Formatting Your Manuscript: Section One, Traditional Format (ckgarner.wordpress.com)