Blog Posts - Revising



The Writer’s Journey – Baby Steps

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler is a terrific craft book for writers on characters and plot. My own Writer’s Journey is made up of more mundane baby steps. I am presently in revision mode. It’s not that I’ve finishe...

Are You Still Writing?

At a wedding dinner this past weekend, someone at my table asked me: “Are you still writing?” I responded quickly and without thought: “Always.” In actuality, the month of May was an unusual off-writing month, except for some...

To What Extent Should You Get Involved with Your Child’s Revision?

With GCSEs just around the corner many teenagers are settling into a period of revision and exams, and more revision and more exams. This is a crucial time for all GCSE students with exam results dependent on the effectiveness of their revision. For...
by Attachment Mummy on May 10, 2016

Margarita With A Straw gets a clearance from the censor board with only one cut

After facing objection from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in the first screening,   Shonali Bose’s Margarita With a Straw now comes out clean chit. Earlier, the censors wanted a shot showing the lead character peeing cut, and...
by Get Movie Info on Mar 30, 2015

Writing Prompts: Writer’s Block Beware

Writing prompts are great when you need a kick start to get you writing again.  Don’t concern yourself with whether or not you’ll craft a new full manuscript – just have fun! Here are a few to get your creative juices flowing”...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Mar 11, 2015

Resolutions or Goals?

According to several online sources, it seems that approximately 40-45% of folks make new year’s resolutions.  Sadly, it’s also reported that approximately 60% fail at keeping them. As a writer, do you make resolutions? Several years bac...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Dec 31, 2014

Top 10 Revision Tips.

My exams are over for now but I know that for many people they are soon to come up. I have compiled a list of the top 10 revision tips that helped me the most and hopefully they help you just as much!Image from blogs.glowscotland.org.uk1. Start early...
by Callum Ellis on Jul 11, 2014

Top Five Questions to ask yourself about your current WIP

1. Is this my very best version or do I need to do more revising? 2. Am I passionate enough about this WIP to keep going until it’s finished? 3. What do I want to accomplish by writing this? 4. Is this something I think others will want to read...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Jul 3, 2014

Top Five Questions to ask yourself about your current WIP

1. Is this my very best version or do I need to do more revising? 2. Am I passionate enough about this WIP to keep going until it’s finished? 3. What do I want to accomplish by writing this? 4. Is this something I think others will want to read...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Jul 3, 2014

Should you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

My business closes every summer for six weeks. As much as I love what I do, this holiday time allows me the luxury of working on myown personal writing projects, rather than the writing I do for work during the school year. Currently, I have a finish...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Jun 25, 2014

Should you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

My business closes every summer for six weeks. As much as I love what I do, this holiday time allows me the luxury of working on myown personal writing projects, rather than the writing I do for work during the school year. Currently, I have a finish...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Jun 25, 2014

How The Writing Process Helps To Improve Your Content

Writing may not be a science, but it certainly involves a process. The writing process is all about taking a course of action to create compelling content. This post is for bloggers and writers, or anyone who primarily has to create and deal with c...
by Aha-NOW! : a family blog on May 26, 2014

Show, Don’t Tell: It’s a matter of sense

Having just attended the Humber College writing intensive last weekend, I’m still energized after having spent two full days talking nothing but writing. One of the great struggles many writers face is using too much telling in their writing. &...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Nov 8, 2013

The Best Way to Revise Your Play’s Dialogue

I just finished a wonderful day of teaching drama to three classes of kids between the ages of six and sixteen.  Watching them take on the characteristics of different characters and the emotions of the words on the pages of my original scripts made...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Oct 19, 2013

Writing Advice: What Do You Want To Know?

Over the years I’ve blogged on a wide variety of writing topics from playwriting to suspense novels, marketing, book reviewing, contests and more. After going through my archives, I thought I might turn my blog over to my readers for the month...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Jul 26, 2013

What Distracts You from Writing?

Meet Molly, my little distraction! If Molly had her way, I’d be on call for her amusement 24/7.  Feed me…play with me…walk me…cuddle me! So how do I resist this little dollie when I have some serious writing work to get done?
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Jul 3, 2013

Sequel nearing completion

Just plotted out the last five chapters of my sequel The finish line is in sight Never give up...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on Jun 11, 2013

A glowing recommendation from a happy recipient of my manuscript appraisal service.

I asked my latest client for my ms appraisal service if he would write a recommendation. He agreed and it  is so wonderful that I had to share it. “Don’t make the same mistake I did! Having finished my book, … Continue reading U...

Writing a novel is like running a marathon.

Writing a novel can seem like a daunting task, especially to the first-time newbie.  A novel is long (according to Wikipedia, it’s 40,000 words or more)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_count#In_fiction A novel needs a plot that can sustain...
by Dramaquill's Weblog on May 10, 2013

How to know what to cut and what to keep in a story

This post is not about cutting unnecessary adverbs and adjectives, or about paring a paragraph of description into one sentence. The cutting I’m talking about here happens before we get to that stage. It happens when you’re going from the …...


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