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Revising a novel can be “like beating up a nice friend.” Without a little pummeling, all you have is a “nice draft”.
World building spices real physical and social facts with the author’s imagination to create a civilization, a political structure, a culture and zeitgeist as backdrop and influence to story. Writers define world-building as the process of constructing an imaginary world, usually associated with a fictional universe.
our story lives and breathes through your characters. Through them your premise, idea and your plot come alive. Characters give your story meaning; they draw in the reader who lives the journey through them. Without them you wouldn’t have a story—you’d have a treatise.
How does an editor manage to still be moved by a story when she has to sift through ever-growing stacks of unsolicited manuscripts, looking...