The Craft of Novel Writing by Dianne Doubtfire – (Part 2)

The Craft of Novel writing…there has to be a part 2…


In Part 1, we discussed Doubtfire’s views on plot creation and self-discipline. In this short post, we examine the importance of rewriting and how to handle a review without getting terribly depressed.


Rewriting is the most important part of writing the novel and something you shouldn’t shirk. Sometimes you write a story for the sake of writing it and later on you find that a whole lot of it must be deleted. There is nothing worse than a contrived story.

Pruning is all about the evolution of the novel where selection is important and can not be underestimated. Beautiful passages that are irrelevant to the story will have to be axed. The personal views will have to go too as opinions are for facebook and not your magnum opus.

Simplifying when it comes to style is far too simple—style can never be as simple as that and this…

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