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Sage Advice from Last Week

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The Golden Throne

Malleable Gold is Like Your Manuscript

It is Monday! This means I’m going to share something with you that I learned last week that blew my mind. Secrets shall be here. Good ones.

I read a lot of blogs. Agent blots, author blogs, and blogs on writing and other similar subject matter. Why? Because these people are genius. Every other word sparks some sort of creative interest or epiphany that I just have to share with someone.

Last week, it was this: Malleability.

Natalie Whipple explains that changing your story (your characters, your plot, your themes) isn’t necessarily as much of a change as it is reshaping your ideas. She uses gold and rock as an analogy, saying that manuscripts are not rocks that will shatter when hammered upon. Rather, they are malleable like gold, able to be shaped and molded at will.

Pretty awesome.

To be truthful, I like jewelry, so visualizing my manuscript as gold is not only pleasing, but it is motivational. I want to revise my manuscript right away because I’d rather have a new fancy ring or bracelet, rather than the big chunk of deformity it is right now.

So, this week’s sage advise is to rethink and revisualize how changes actually affect your manuscript. How is your manuscript turning out after you change a weak part or reverse the order of a few scenes? Are you making all the changes that you could or are you holding back in fear that making this one big change may take your manuscript from first prize to shortlisted?

Don’t worry, young cadets: your story will always be your story, no matter how many drastic changes it undergoes. Underneath the plastic surgery, Paris Hilton is still Paris Hilton and underneath the wig, Donald Trump is still Donald Trump.

On the flip side, does anyone have any horror stories to finally committing to that one big change that left you dazed about what you’re going to do next? Share!


Written by Jessica Lei

September 20, 2010 at 6:00 am

Posted in Advice, Revising

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  1. Awesome web site, I had not come across earlier in my searches!
    Carry on the excellent work!


    October 5, 2010 at 1:27 am

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