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Writing Series Spotlight: Beyond the First Draft and Manuscript 101

Monday, March 1, 2010

It has lately come to my attention that those of you who are visiting the blog regularly might not be familiar with some of the writing series I’ve taught. So I thought I might highlight some of them this week.

Beyond the First Draft is a series I ran in August 2007 as something to help out those who might be preparing to attend the ACFW conference that year. It tries to answer the question, “I’ve finished my first draft, now what?” But I think it also has a lot of good information that can help out writers who have finished several first drafts . . . and second drafts . . . and third drafts and are in the process of figuring out how to prepare a manuscript for submission.

Manuscript 101 is a guide to the basics of punctuation when it comes to editing your own work, so it should be read along with Beyond the First Draft.

Without further ado, here are the series:

Beyond the First Draft—Revising, Rewriting, and Submitting (August 2007). See also Critiquing, Manuscript 101
The Down-and-Dirty Guide to Critiquing
Beyond the First Draft—Reviewing, Revising, Readjusting
Beyond the First Draft–The Four Secrets
Beyond the First Draft–Clarity
Beyond the First Draft–Starting the Revision Process
Beyond the First Draft–One Revision or Multiple Passes?
Beyond the First Draft–The Cutting Room Floor
Beyond the First Draft–More on Cutting
Beyond the First Draft–The Dreaded Synopsis
Beyond the First Draft—The Query Letter
Beyond the First Draft–Preparing the Perfect Proposal
Beyond the First Draft—The Pitch Sheet and One-Sheet
Beyond the First Draft–Face-to-Face Pitch Sessions

Manuscript 101 (May/June 2007)
Manuscript 101–the Book List
Manuscript 101–Introduction & Basic Manuscript Format
Manuscript 101–Commas Pop Quiz
Manuscript 101–Commas Pop Quiz Answers 1-5
Manuscript 101–Commas Pop Quiz Answers 6-10
Manuscript 101–Comma, wherefore art thou?
Manuscript 101–The Apostrophe’s Dilemma
Manuscript 101–Where do I put the “quotation marks”? (includes info on ellipses and em dashes)

  1. Monday, March 1, 2010 7:53 am

    Thanks for putting this up, Kaye. Just what I’m looking for right now!


  2. Monday, March 1, 2010 11:39 am

    Thanks! You know I appreciate it. 🙂


  3. Monday, March 1, 2010 1:52 pm

    This is seriously awesome stuff.


  4. Monday, March 1, 2010 4:34 pm

    Thanks, Kaye. You’re writing series is tremendous. Did you know I consider you one of my writing instructors/mentors? I’m so glad you have all this material free. Someday it would be great to see it all in print. 🙂


  5. Tuesday, March 2, 2010 10:07 am

    I love to go back through your blog and read some of your tips, Kaye. You’ve got some great stuff here! 🙂 Thanks so much for putting the time and energy into doing it all!


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