Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bloghopping for the Holidays

I intend to spend as much of the holiday season as I can reading, and that includes bloghopping around among the amusing, informative, intimate, surprising, and sometimes hilarious posts of my fellow literary bloggers.

Just in a few minutes of bloghopping via my blogroll and those of the blogs I link to, I found these great resources and blogs:

Mira's List (includes funding for writers and artists)

How a Poem Happens

Kristy Bowen

Poetry Publishers Who Accept Email Submissions

I'm slowly, slowly reconstructing my blogroll, lost when ceased operations without warning. Maybe I should take it as a hint from the universe that it's good to clean house sometimes, throw out the old stuff, and start as if you've never before done this. Becoming a novice over and over is an art in itself: cleaning the house of the mind.

Let me know if you have a blog you'd to swap blog links with me!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Revision has begun

I did it! I finished the first draft of my 265-page novel, took a breath, had some excellent champagne, and the next day, began revising. It took a year to draft it; it will take that long to revise it, probably. Naturally, I don't want to embark on this journey without companions. Here are some friendly advisers I've found to hold my hand and brave the adventure by my side:

How to Revise a Novel (Holly Lisle)

Some Thoughts on Revising A Novel

Revision Checklist (Nathan Bransford)

Finish Your Novel in Four Simple Steps

These are just so I'll remember where I put them. But if you have a big stack of printed paper you'd like to mess around with, you might find these links useful too.