The paradox is that writing comes from self, and yet sometimes self has to be purged from the final product for readers to find it fulfilling and finished. Such a polished feel is a key part of the reader’s perception of a book being professional and high quality. There are no fingerprints on the mirror showing the artist was there working, just a clear reflection of the world the writer is trying to create.

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Revising your novel might be easier than you think – you already have a story to work with, and hopefully a constructive inner editor to play with. But having a plan and knowing what lies ahead will prepare you for the process.

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There is so much writing advice and knowledge accumulated over the ages, yet no one seems to fully agree on what makes outstanding writing. It is more that we just know it when we read it. Think about the fact that we all have different favorite books. Whether it is Meyer’s Twilight saga or Dante’s Inferno, some books just stand out head and shoulders above the rest.

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Whether you're ready to begin revising your book or struggling to get to the finish line of your first draft, these exercises can help you get a fresh perspective and see your writing in a new light.

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