How To Edit A Novel

How do you edit a novel? You sit down and edit it.

How helpful am I? 

I try.

  • Have a plan. What’s your short-term and long-term goal?  Edit a chapter tonight? Have your entire novel edited by next year? When will you edit? The morning, afternoon, night? How long each time? 20 minutes or 2 hours? What’s your focus? Dialogue, character development, spelling and grammar? At the very least, don’t plan to fail by failing to plan.
  • Have a back-up plan. How often do original plans work out? Or back-up plans for that matter? What if another story seizes you and won’t let you go? Will you write a new story and edit your novel at the same time? What if you lose steam half-way through? Can you steam-roll trough or do you plan to take a break? What if a zombie apocalypse happened today? What if an army of aliens landed tomorrow? You have to prepare for these scenarios.
  • Execute. Plans don’t work unless you do. Novels don’t edit themselves. What other common saying can I twist to my liking?
  • Adjust and adapt. If something isn’t working for you, what do you do? You change it. Fix whatever is broken. Even if nothing is broken but you know your routine could be improved, improve it.

If only I followed my own advice. 


    How To Study For An Exam In One Day

    Thanks to my terrible time management, I had one day to study for my first exam. But I’ve learned from my past and set aside an entire week for my second one.

    So even though I don’t believe in cramming, I consider myself an expert on it now.

    • Don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world. Besides, you’d be surprised at how much you can cover in a day.
    • Make a plan. What topics do you have to cover? When and where will you study? How long are your review sessions going to be? Because you don’t have all the time in the world, focus on important ideas as well as concepts you don’t understand that well.
    • Perform to the best of your abilities. You don’t have to be perfect. But that’s okay. Do what you can. Don’t worry about what you can’t.

    Good luck. Don’t fail.


    Writing A Baseball Story

    What am I currently working on in April, also known to me as Camp NaNoWriMo?

    I’m writing a baseball story. 

    My plan is to stick with this idea for the entirety of Camp. As a writer, one problem I have is finishing what I start. The bigger the undertaking, the greater the likelihood I abandon the endeavour partway through. So I’ve committed to working on one idea until April 30th. I want to complete a longer project for once.

    It’s so much more than a baseball story, but for the sake of simplicity, I’m calling my current work in progress that. At least until I come up with something better.

    Even though I don’t have a daily word count goal, I am trying to fill up pages in a notebook.

    Also, I’d be content with writing every day. But I’m happy to report I’m writing more than I usually do.

    We’re five days in, and I haven’t given up on this story idea. I haven’t even thought about giving up on it. I’m taking that as a good sign.


    NaNoWriMo Plans

    I’m thinking of handwriting an entire novel in November. I want to write every single day, although I probably won’t aim for a specific word count. Possibly a page count instead.

    And then if all goes well, I’ll try to type up what I wrote in December.

    Reaching a certain word count isn’t necessarily my main priority. Because something called school exists. Not that school is my main priority either.

    I would like nothing more than to enjoy my November.

    So to avoid growing gray hair and having it fall out by the end, I’m going to do things a little differently this time around.

    That’s the plan as of right now. But plans change. Plans are just plans after all.


    Are You Prepared For Camp NaNoWriMo?

    April, July, and November have a funny way of creeping up on me. And despite what I do, I tend to feel surprised when Camp NaNo is finally underway. I refuse to be caught unawares this year. When July 1st rolls around, I hope I’m as prepared as I can be.

    I usually “prepare” by thinking about Camp and what I want to accomplish but not doing anything about it. Then when it’s time to write 50,000 words, I’m in no shape to because I’m lucky if I even write 500 words in a day.

    Maybe I should go in with a better plan this time around. A more concrete plan rather than just “write a novel in one month”.

    I’m planning to edit more this July. I’ll still write creatively because I can’t not write. But I’d like to focus on editing old stories or perhaps a previous novel. I haven’t decided yet. That’s the problem. I’m indecisive.

    I still have four days to figure it out. So do you. Unless you live on another planet. Or you’re reading this many hours later.

    Are you prepared? Camp is almost here!


    6 Things First Year Me Wants Second Year Me To Know

    First year university me has some choice words for second year me.

    Don’t commute home at 5 p.m. Just don’t.

    Have a back up plan when your original plan backfires. It happens more often than you’d expect.

    Write things down so you remember them. Remember the time you showed up to class when there wasn’t one that week? Hold the applause. 

    Talk to others. 99.9 percent of the human population don’t bite. Even though you used to bite your cousins as a baby, you don’t anymore. Right? 

    Know your values and find other people with similar values. Easy to say, hard to do. 

    Take pride in your mistakes. It sucks to be wrong, but it sucks even more when won’t admit or accept the fact that you messed up.

    Find washrooms that aren’t disgusting. If you’re lucky, find tolerable washrooms. Please. 

    Third year uni me is counting on you.


    Will You Survive Camp NaNoWriMo?

    Will You Survive Camp NaNoWriMoYes, you will. You know why? Because you have me. I’m here to get you through it. In all seriousness though, you’re awesome and amazing. So you’re going to survive. Probably even thrive.

    Camp NaNoWriMo is upon us! April has finally arrived. Let the madness begin. Here’s a little taste of what lies ahead of you. You brave soul.

    • Have a plan.
    • Then make a backup plan.
    • Plan ahead.
    • Plan for the best.
    • Plan for the worst.
    • Realize your plans aren’t going as planned.
    • Scrap your plan.
    • Start over with a new plan.
    • Hate your new plan.
    • Throw away all your plans.
    • Plan again.
    • Stop planning.
    • Vow to never make a plan ever again.



    Monthly Writing Project For June

    I have no idea what I want to do this June writing wise.

    Throw some ideas or suggestions at me. Anything. Anything at all.

    Poems, articles, short stories, plays, novels, etc.

    Let it be known to everyone how desperate I am. Any help is appreciated.

    Next time I’ll plan ahead so I don’t find myself in this predicament again. You can hold me to my word. When have I ever gone back on it?