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Starting book 3 in my own series, my mouth hung open a little as I saw this list and how many books were in each one.

Lengthy Young Adult Fiction Series: INFOGRAPHIC | GalleyCat

Long YA Series Infographic (GalleyCat)

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writer's toolsIf you missed the last two posts concerning saving money on edits, just hop on over and get caught up. Just click here and here.

Another priceless resource I used in my writing process was K.M. Weiland’s “Structuring Your Novel Workbook“. Although I didn’t use the workbook in  conjunction with her book “Structuring Your Novel” I found it incredibly helpful as a stand alone tool.

If you’re confused about how fiction books are structured, K.M. Weiland’s workbook will take you step-by-step in understanding and planning your plot points. Her books are clear and to the point.

K.M. is full of additional and free resources as well, but she is a powerhouse when it comes to structure.

I recognize there is controversy whether to plan or not but if you, at least, take the time to establish your hook, plot point one, two, three, and the climax of your story you will save yourself hours of stress and frustration. How do I know? Experience.

I hired an amazing editor who used to work for Harper Collins. I can’t say enough awesome things about her and even though I have plenty of edits for my novel I do NOT have rewrites, plot holes, issues with dialogue, and I only have minor characterization issues with one character. Not only would I have spent hundreds of dollars more if I had the above issues I might have given up when the edits came back.

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save moneyI mentioned in my last post that I stomped around like a little kid when I thought about outlining my upcoming novel (click here to read “How I Saved Hundreds of Dollars On Editing“). In fact, I pretty much threw a fit for several weeks until I went back and visited Larry Brook’s website and printed off the beat sheet.

Now, anyone who follows Larry knows he’s a bit of a hard *ss. His delivery can be almost rude and can easily discourage new writers. But, he knows his stuff, and he’s excellent at what he does.

Here’s the link to the beat sheet so you can easily follow along. And, don’t forget, using this tool saved me hundreds of dollars in the developmental editing stage!  http://storyfix.com/blank-beat-sheet-form

After my temper tantrum, I looked over my freshly printed beat sheet and filled out what I already knew in the story. The ending came to me first, so I filled in what was the 3rd plot point, and then I backed up from there. I then wrote down my opening including my hook and wrote a brief sentence of the scene that happened next, then next, and then next until I reached plot point 1, midpoint, etc. Before I realized it, I had my book planned out. There were times I wasn’t sure what happened next, but reviewing the previous scenes helped me stay on track.

Now, what was amazingly easy was changing my one sentence when a scene changed. This happened several times as I wrote and the story developed, but since I had a strong foundation, I stayed on track with my story.

Do you know the most amazing thing that happened by using this tool? It’s not the money I saved, although that was fantastic. I had the first draft with NO MAJOR REWRITES! The development of the story was strong. By planning out the plot points and just a bit of information that connected my scenes together I had a solid rough draft.

Now, don’t forget that developmental editing is not copyediting. Developmental editing covers the plot, characterization, pacing, and story development. Every novel needs this type of editing as well as copyediting.

Stay tuned for the additional low cost and free resources I used to save hundreds of dollars on developmental edits.

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Wow, I can’t believe the holidays are almost here. With everything to do I rely on lists, but not only lists of things to do, but writing lists. As I move into my edits of the novel before I send it to my editor, I’m relying on several tools to clean it up.

What I’ve used so far:



An amazing book concerning Deep POV – Writer’s Guide to Character Emotion by  Sherry Soule. It’s a must if you’re serious about deepening your writing!

And, of course, a professional editor.

I’m also looking into Voice Dream Writer. It’s an app that reads your story to you so you can easily identify awkward phrasing etc.

While working on edits, I’m also beginning the outline for my next novel. I found this while conducting some research. I like it because it’s a great reminder that your protagonist needs motivation and a solid character arc. If you don’t know what drives your character to their goal the story falls flat. Here’s some great ideas.

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Shesnovel.com has tons of fantastic information as well.

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clapping-hands copyI love saying that. I hope the Grammarly post helped everyone. It’s truly a great tool. And, as several of you commented, there is a FREE version as well.

However, the winner will receive 3 months of the premium version which, in my humble opinion, is amazing!

I threw everyone’s name in a hat and handed it to my husband to draw the winner. Congrats to………..aurorajeanalexander. Woohooo! Let’s congratulate Aurora Jean Alexander.

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Anyone who has followed my blog knows I’m a firm believer in supporting good writing. Victoria and I have followed each other’s blog for quite a long time now, and she has released her 2nd novel which looks really good!

With multiple 5-star reviews don’t miss “The Sin of His Father” It’s now free on Kindle this weekend only! That’s September 12th-14th. On the right side of the page, you will see the Kindle version free. Grab it before it’s too late! http://tinyurl.com/oxmdtqv

“Your father didn’t leave us, Mattie. I was raped.”These words, uttered by his mother on her deathbed, propelled Matt Maxwell into the fear that he could become like this man he never knew.Abandoning the woman he loved, his closest friend, and a lifestyle that suited him well, Matt made…
I’m off to download my copy now. And, as we are all writers that work tremendously hard and understand what it truly takes to put a novel together, please leave her a review.
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