We Bostonians are known for our strong feelings. After last week’s snowmageddon grump fest, it is now time to hunker down and focus.
This week, we bring you links focused on writing and revision.
- Before you begin, indulge in these essential essays for writers from such luminaries as Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, and Zadie Smith.
- Some well-known writers share the objects they use to keep track of story timelines, plot, structure, character details, and more. Calendars, Timelines, and Collages: Mapping the Imaginary.
- Need help structuring your novel? This piece on the Six Stage Plot Structure might help you unwind your story yarn.
- Take micro-revision baby steps with this short list of words that can be removed from your manuscript. Once you’re comfortable with that, check out this longer self-editing checklist and kill your darlings with abandon.
- Now that you’ve deleted those boring words, spice up your writing with the best new words added to the Oxford dictionaries and these Old-Timey Words.
For all the grumbling we do here in Boston about the snow, some of our citizens do not have the luxury of reliable shelter or warmth. If you have the means, please consider donating to those less fortunate during this difficult winter. Thank you!