Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I am moving!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I've got some pseudo-exciting news today...my website is relocating! I've been wanting to switch URLs and blog hosts for a little while now, and after a ton of procrastination, I have finally finished it. You can now find me at:

meghanbooks.wordpress.com

Easier to remember and spell than meghanjashinsky.blogspot.com, no? I'm pretty pleased with the setup over there so far--it should be easier to find things, easier to be linked to more of my work, and easier to get into contact with me.

I've got all of my posts from this blog relocated over there, and am currently working on making sure that this page itself redirects to the new site. So if things start to look a little wonky on this page, that is why! I'm working pretty much nonstop behind the scenes to try and make this transition as seamless as possible for you guys.

But yes! I am so excited! Check out the new site! And I'll see you again tomorrow with my next installment in "HOW THE HECK DO I FIX THIS?"! ALL the exclamation points!

Friday, August 14, 2015

HOW THE HECK DO I FIX THIS?: Making a Battle Plan

It's week two of my HOW THE HECK DO I FIX THIS? revision series, and today I'm talking about making a battle plan (i.e. figuring out how you're going to fix all of those problems you just wrote down). You can watch the video here:



In it, I talk about streamlining problems, and give lots of suggestions for ways to fix character, plot, and setting issues. This is the really fun part of revisions, so go crazy! TRY ANYTHING. In this stage, nothing is permanent. Write down a brief summary of your scenes and shuffle them around, take some out, kill that character you hate. See what your book would look like if you made big changes. I can guarantee you'll find something that will stick.

And, here are those links links! Hopefully with these you can learn as much as possible and--if my methods don't seem like a good fit for you--find some new revision ideas that will make your manuscript the best it can be.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

HOW THE HECK DO I FIX THIS?

I am so excited to be doing a four-part vlog series over the next month. It's called HOW THE HECK DO I FIX THIS?, and it'll be all about my revision process. Let me know what you do for revisions (or if you are revising along, let me know how it is going)! The schedule will be:

Sat. August 8th: What Have You Got?
Fri. August 14th: Making a Battle Plan
Thurs. August 20th: Fighting the War
Wed. August 26th: The Clean-Up


You can watch the first video in the installment here:


In it, I cover the first four steps in revising your manuscript: giving yourself some space, compilation of the pretty words, read-through for big picture issues (and nothing else!), and dance party because YOU JUST READ A BOOK THAT YOU WROTE AND YOU ARE GOING TO REVISE THE HELL OUT OF IT UNTIL IT IS A GLORIOUS MASTERPIECE.

And, as promised, I've compiled a TON of links for each installment so that you can hopefully learn as much as possible and--if my methods don't seem like a good fit for you--find some new revision ideas that will make your manuscript the best it can be.