• Essays and Poems,  Uncategorized

    7 Tips for Finishing the First Draft of a Novel

    In the 10+ years I dabbled in serious, sit-at-your-desk-every-day writing before I turned 21, I had one idea. So I wrote the first draft of one novel, AND THE BLACKBIRDS MOCK. I revised it a few times. Then when I entered my Master of Fine Arts in Writing program as a 21-year-old, current students in the semesters above mine advised me not to work on that existing novel. “Write something new,” they said. “Test your limits while you’re here. See what you can do.” I took that advice. In the course of two years, I wrote—or, ahem, started—three novels and one short story. Now I’ve added to that number one…