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Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

“In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.” Juno Diaz

A Writing Tool

A beta reader is someone who provides early feedback on a manuscript. The Spun Yarn is a service that has three beta readers review your manuscript and provide detailed feedback on what is working - and what isn't - at various points in the manuscript. Writers can pick readers with certain characteristics, and the readers provide specific feedback at each quarter of the book and robust input on the book as a whole. This paid service is just one in the arsenal writers can use between finishing a first draft and publication.

Revision Tip

The process between finishing a first draft and having a manuscript ready for querying or publication is a long one. Generally, a writer will work on the manuscript, perhaps with a critique partner, until the writer believes it's as good as it can be. At that point, it helps to have beta readers give feedback on the book. Then the writer revises again, taking into account the beta reader comments. Once the writer has improved the manuscript to the best of their abilities, it needs a formal edit and is revised again. This process continues until the manuscript is ready. A book coach can help with any step in the process, from helping a writer sort out the story and complete a meaningful first draft, to editing a finished manuscript.

There's a Story Here: Lisbon, Portugal, 2004

What story would you write about this photo?

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Next Step Book Coach - If you're ready to start your novel, are stuck in the middle, or have finished and need to know what to do next - we can help.


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