Finishing Dad’s Novel: A Family Affair

My husband Stephen hated half-done jobs. He couldn’t stand an unfinished to-do list. His big project for 2011: Completing his novel, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot. When he passed away June 9, 2011, our sons said, “Let’s finish that book.” Can a committee write a novel? Steve’s editor gave us a four-month extension and the project […]

Ten Self-editing Tips for Writers

How to step up any manuscript a notch: On the first draft, write loose, free flowing, and sloppy. Flush out random thoughts. Flood the blank pages with words, words, words. Pen a one-sentence focused theme of what you think you’re trying to say. Eliminate every detour and divergence. Jot down bunches of working titles, then […]