Hillary DePiano

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Resolve to Let It Go

Resolve to Let It Go

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Evergreen, Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Personally... | 0 comments

Happy new years, friends! Is it just me or has this year simultaneously been flying by and also felt it’s already been at least five years long? Have you managed to wrap your head around the whole 2020 thing yet? I still can’t write it without feeling like I should replicate myself some earl grey and hop into my flying car. That somehow what my brain...

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May 2016: Regrouping & teaching myself how to write

May 2016: Regrouping & teaching myself how to write

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, WoC | 0 comments

May flew by. Flew! And yet my concept of time is so tenuous that yesterday I asked my husband if the Fourth of July fireworks were this weekend so somehow I forgot June was a thing? My brain is a mystery. I have no idea if any of you find these little monthly recaps helpful or interesting at all but I find them tremendously useful so let’s just dive...

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Write the Kitchen Sink aka don’t hold any of the good stuff back for the mythical future

Write the Kitchen Sink aka don’t hold any of the good stuff back for the mythical future

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Evergreen, Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

The most useful writing advice and I literally can’t remember where I heard it. But the idea behind it is to leave it all on the table. To put all your best stuff into this book and don’t save anything for mythical future books that may never exist. I took a break from rewriting my book because it was incredibly frustrating to be stymied yet...

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Research and rethink: the value of downtime during a massive rewrite

Research and rethink: the value of downtime during a massive rewrite

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Evergreen, Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 2 comments

I took a break from rewriting my novel. I’d thought I had it after experimenting and started moving forward with my rewrite again. I actually got to that same third of the way point from the last draft and started to suspect that, though I’d made a bunch of changes, it still wasn’t enough. The book was still missing something and I was...

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Experiment to break free of your original draft and truly rewrite your novel

Experiment to break free of your original draft and truly rewrite your novel

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Evergreen, Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

You need to rewrite your novel but you’re at a loss of where to start. I’ve been there and I’m sharing what helped me to toss my original version and reinvent my book fresh.  The Brute Force method didn’t work. I needed to shake things up and that wasn’t going to happen without some real effort. I couldn’t just sit down...

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Thinking of scrapping your novel and rewriting it from scratch? Brute force isn’t enough.

Thinking of scrapping your novel and rewriting it from scratch? Brute force isn’t enough.

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

I recently scrapped a polished, praised “finished” draft and completely rewrote it from scratch. I found almost no articles to help with this kind of extensive rewrite despite the fact that it has to be more common than anyone would admit. Surely I am not the first writer to realize the bones of the story were right but they had the skeleton...

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