Tag Archives: #amediting

In Defense of Editing

In high school, oh how I detested editing, though then it always included rewriting. There were no laptops and desktops. I had an old manual typewriter, all my school papers had to be written by hand. Thus was my dislike … Continue reading

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The Drafting/Editing Transition & the Evolving Revision Map

So, I promised a few more details about how I approach the transitionary period between drafting and actual revising and here they are. These aren’t rules. What follows is my generalized approach. As the word implies, I’ve ceased to view … Continue reading

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After NaNo – Interviewing ME About “Editing Transition”

ME: Today, everyone, I’m interviewing Christina Anne Hawthorne, the most renowned writer that no one has ever heard of. Welcome, Christina. ME2: Thank you for having me—even though this looks exactly like where I’ve been for the last eight months. … Continue reading

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Real is What Matters

Yeah, it’s getting real now. I’m always thankful for that because real is what matters most. I can’t believe it’s still been less than a month since I decided to create the supporting character of Talma Loyal while editing Pneuma … Continue reading

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Harvesting and Planting Ideas

How I develop a novel is always evolving and often adapts to circumstances. I say it evolves because as time has gone on there’ve been practices I’ve added and discarded. Some, I’ve continued to use novel after novel. Other times, … Continue reading

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Limited Worldbuilding

So, I’m worldbuilding again. Well, kinda, but not exactly. Okay, I am, but I’ll call it limited worldbuilding. The reason is that the world already exists. Though, in the end, what I’m doing will benefit the world as a whole, … Continue reading

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Reversing My Creative Decay

A few weeks ago I blogged about finding more time in my day for writing. To do so, I’d employed meditation, walking, and, especially, yoga. I’d also begun setting my phone out of reach. The result was I almost doubled … Continue reading

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Emotional Contrast

Sometimes, when I least expect it, I’m struck by an aspect of writing I’ve long taken for granted. In this case, it’s what I’ll call emotional contrast. I often set humor beside sadness, for instance, so as to play one … Continue reading

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How I Found Time

I’m at the doorstep of five months in lockdown. That’s five months in isolation given I live as alone as it’s possible to be. Time, though, I’ve had tons of time. No partner, children, or job. My editing hours should … Continue reading

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Benefits to Worldbuilding Limitations

In the world of fantasy there’s little that’s more central to worldbuilding than the magic system. Now, let’s whittle that down to limitations. To be even more specific, let’s look at how limitations can enhance further worldbuilding and the storytelling … Continue reading

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