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The Art of Revision

“I've found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.” 
― Don Roff


To look at the work of your peers, and learn how to explain with kindness and precision, the nature of their mistakes is, in fact, how you learn to diagnose your own work.” 
― Steve Almond


“That’s the magic of revisions – every cut is necessary, and every cut hurts, but something new always grows.” 
― Kelly Barnhill




It's a beautiful thing when a novel goes from a few sketchy ideas to a full illustration of the original concept.

Update: I'm finishing revisions on my novel these last two weeks of May, so I'll be AWOL for a bit. Oy, and then it's on to querying. Finally.


*Dance by Alphonse Mucha (1898)

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Luanne G.'s bookshelf: read

The Hazel Wood
My Sister's Grave
The Naturalist
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France
Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
The City of Brass
To Capture What We Cannot Keep
The Woods
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Faithful Place
Tell No One
Thanks, But This Isn't for Us: The Compassionate Guide to Understanding What's Wrong with Your Writing and Leaving the Rejection Pile for Good
The Last Days of Magic
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
French Country Cooking: Recipes and Stories from a French Village
The Witch of Painted Sorrows
The Apprentice Witch


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