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January 25, 2013


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camille minichino

You must be looking over my shoulder as I edit my manuscript -- ok, ok, I'll fix it.

Pat Morin

The MOST important lesson I learned from Peggy when I finished my first draft of my novel and felt dismayed about some of the reader's comments: "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater." That first draft is significant, and needs to be respected. It is the seed from which the flower will grow, don't chop it up.
Also, I have found that as I am rewriting the draft and some of the chapters, I need to remember to change the chapter summaries I have from the first draft. I get so confused so easily. I don't know if it's because I'm used to short story writing and my mind can only remember a twenty- page story, but all those chapters ... then the rewrites ... and more changes. Who did what to whom? When was that again? yikes!

Carole Price

Excellent, Peggy. I'm in the process of editing now and am struggling because, in the second half of the book, the characters chose a different path. Major changes in the first half. Did I really write that?!

Terry Shames

Thanks, Peggy. You can never hear these tips enough! I'm on my eleventieth edit and keep having to remind myself--punch it up!


Great tips, Peggy! Can't think of a thing to add. Oh woe, what shall I say in my blog tomorrow?? You and the rest of the LadyKillers this week said it all!

Michael A. Black

Wow, Peggy, this was like getting a college course in one lesson. Great tips on how to self-edit. I'm going to copy this one and keep it on my desk.

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