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Five Things I’ve Learned Line-Editing “Butterfly of Night”

Five Things I’ve Learned Line-Editing “Butterfly of Night”

I’m currently line-editing Butterfly of Night, a novel about a screwed-up teenage assassin and her poor life choices. In June and July, I did a major plot rewrite with some big changes, and this month I’m rewriting the whole thing again for style, continuity, and because it’s too long and I need to cut as many words as possible. (I’ve cut 2411 words so far. I’m aiming for 5k overall, but I’m not sure how I’m going to get there.)…

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A Democratic Approach To Name-Changing

A Democratic Approach To Name-Changing

So, following my blog post from the other day about why I’m unhappy with the name Miriam Joy as my professional name, I decided to do some work towards changing it. However, I’m a very indecisive person, so I decided to enlist some help: Twitter polls. I chose Twitter polls for the very simple reason that I don’t know of any other website that I currently use which would allow me to ask a multiple choice question in that way….

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Rejection Questions

Rejection Questions

I intended my next blog post to be a more detailed account of my trip to Ireland, and for it to follow soon after the last one. As ever when I try and plan blog posts, that didn’t happen. The last few days have been overwhelmingly hot, and I couldn’t face being on my computer long enough to transfer all my pictures, so I decided I would blog from my phone about Pitch Wars instead, and about my writing plans…

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Hi. I Shred Books.

Hi. I Shred Books.

Right now, I’m in the process of editing. But wait, I hear you say. Didn’t you finish your draft? Aren’t you waiting for your proof from CreateSpace because NaNoWriMo was awesome enough to give you a free one? Yes, Reader, that is correct. I have two proofs in the post, courtesy of the lovely Spook who gave me her code. But I didn’t say I was editing that book. I didn’t even say I was editing my book. No. The…

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NaNoEdMo?

NaNoEdMo?

I edited quite a lot today. In fact, I think I’m doing quite well. I’ve finished five chapters, and one of them was almost a third longer than all of the others. I’m sure I’ll be able to sort it out later. As yet, I think I’ve sorted out most of the problems with the first half. Yes, in thirty pages. That’s quite impressive, right? I had a few good typos … “a sharp intake of break” (should have been…

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