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Self-editing masterclass snapshots – how much will you write to create your book?

Does writing 50,000 words mean you have a novel?

Perhaps it’s closer to the truth to say writing 100,000 words, then throwing away 50,000 of them means you finally have a novel.

Check-out this re-blog from Roz Morris…

Nail Your Novel

guardLast week I was back at The Guardian, teaching my course on advanced self-editing for fiction writers. My students kept me on my toes and I thought I’d explore their most interesting questions here. There are quite a few of them, and the weather is too darn hot, so instead of giving you a giant reading task I’ll be posting them in short bites over the next couple of weeks.

You’ll write a lot of material that is not intended for publication

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One student who had taken a creative writing MA was bemused when her tutor set her the task of writing a scene from a different character’s point of view. This wasn’t intended to appear in the book; it was intended to encourage her to explore ramifications she hadn’t thought of. She said she found it a surprising idea, to create something that was never intended for publication.

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2 responses to “Self-editing masterclass snapshots – how much will you write to create your book?

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris July 17, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Thanks for the reblog, Alexander!


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