Revising True Nature

I’m in the middle of revising my work-in-progress, True Nature. And I don’t mean changing a sentence here and a comma there. I’m talking about the gory, elbow-deep-in-plot-problems kind of revisions. At times, it’s frustrating, but I’m also learning a lot, so I thought I would share what I’ve learned so far. The old saying really is true: Writing is rewriting. If you think your first draft is a perfectly publishable book, think again. And again. And again… If you have several beta readers or test readers, you’ll get conflicting advice, e.g., “I thought the end was dragging” vs. “The …

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common mistakes in lesbian fiction

Some readers on lesfic_unbound are participating in the fifty books challenge to see if they can read fifty (lesbian fiction) novels in 2010. I just finished my number 36, and there are a few mistakes I see over and over again. I’m not saying that you’ll find these mistakes just in lesbian fiction. I’m also not saying that I never committed any of these mistakes (I wish!). But they’re what I most often notice in lesbian fiction and what pulls me out of the story for a moment, so they’re on my list of things to look for when I …

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