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#FabulousFridayGuestBlogger – Linda Lee Williams

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Today’s Guest Blogger is Linda Lee Williams, with a look at how she tackles writing a first draft, and then revising it. You go, Linda! 🙂

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Revision: To See Again…

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Prachett

I’m an author who spews from the heart. When I’m finished with my first draft, I have quite a mess to clean up.  The task to refashion the story seems daunting.  Over the years, I’ve learned how to manage the chore.  It’s impossible to do everything the first time around.  Multiple revisions are required before a book takes form.  Here’s how I tackle the project.

After a “cooling period,” I read the printed manuscript. I note where the story drags or the plot falters.  Then I start pruning, beginning with introspection—too much “internal monologue.”  It took me a while, but I figured out that readers don’t…

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About The Owl Lady

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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