How Your Emotional State Can Affect Your Editing

I've been thinking about how we humans clean things up. Sometimes, we do it begrudgingly, sometimes compulsively. How we feel (and how close we are to a deadline) usually determines whether our efforts are frantic or methodical. When rushed or pressured, we can get rid of stuff we really should've kept, and I think this … Continue reading How Your Emotional State Can Affect Your Editing

4 Ways to Make a Scene Matter

In writing, we're told to "kill our darlings" and get rid of the bits of writing we love if they don't serve the story. But what if we could those little scenes and transform them into something useful, incorporating the elements that are near and dear to our heart with the plot? It won't always … Continue reading 4 Ways to Make a Scene Matter

An Experiment with Omniscient Narration

So yesterday, having written about the benefits of omniscient narration, I thought I’d rewrite a scene from third person close narration, using an omniscient narrator. I figured out the narrator’s identity, his perspective on the characters, and how he came to know the details of the story, and I sat down to see how such … Continue reading An Experiment with Omniscient Narration

Lessons Learned from Refrigerator Cookies

Fudge-like. Chewy, in an oatmeal-chocolate-peanut butter way, smooth and cool from the metal pan and waxed paper with a textured top. Exposed aggregate that you can eat. Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to perfect my refrigerator cookie recipe (or No-Bakes). My family’s been working on it for years: my cousin took home … Continue reading Lessons Learned from Refrigerator Cookies