Category: Pitch Wars

#PitchWars 2017 Day 20: Who is your antagonist and what do they want?

#PitchWars 2017 Day 20: Who is your antagonist and what do they want?

Piper’s story is more about proving herself ready to be taken more seriously and gaining more control over her life. She measures herself against Sarah, a classmate who seems to have everything: money, looks, and talent.

Sarah, on the other hand, is completely oblivious to this supposed rivalry with no animosity towards Piper.

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#PitchWars 2017 Day 14: What’s the best revision tool?

#PitchWars 2017 Day 14: What’s the best revision tool?

There are so many ways to evaluate a manuscript, it’s hard to pick just one. Once the first draft is 100% complete, I usually go back and do the following:

  • Run the document through a grammar and spell checker like Grammarly or AutoCrit. Unfortunately, Scrivener is not really reliable for this kind of thing.
  • Check word frequency. Another thing tools like those above can do. In particular, I look for overused words, especially pronouns and personal names at the beginning of sentences. I don’t use Grammarly for much beyond these two things, I have issues with its understanding of passive voice, etc.
  • Double-check order of events and make sure everything matches the timeline
  • Re-read document in different formats, Word, PDF, printed, etc. For some reason, looking at the same text in different ways makes it easier to notice things I wouldn’t otherwise catch.

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#PitchWars 2017 Day 12: Share a revision tip!

#PitchWars 2017 Day 12: Share a revision tip!

The quickest way to check your work? Read it aloud. If you can’t say it without stumbling, a reader won’t be able to read it easily either.

This works for any kind of writing at any stage, including incomplete manuscripts. But for me, a real revision can’t happen until the manuscript is complete. Because I’ll always go through and realize a series of events isn’t quite right, needs a new scene, etc. But it can be hard  to realize that until you’ve seen the entire thing. Even if you plotted everything out ahead of time, sometimes seeing it written out completely is needed to realize something’s not working.

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