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February 2014

Revising A Novel 101: Day 30

13 Feb 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

Thanks to a fantastic student I’ve been working with, I’ve been doing a deep dive into contemporary Japanese novels. Loads of great stuff. And it’s influencing my thinking on But Also the Brave. When I began drafting the novel I was saturated with Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and my thinking about But Also was thus expansive. Having just read a few wonderfully slim Japanese novels in a row, I find myself drawn to boiling down rather than beefing up. We’ll see.   Photo By: Milan Aviles

Revising a Novel 101: Day 29

12 Feb 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

So I’ve been trying to follow Stephen King’s advice in On Writing, which goes something like: 1) write the first draft as quickly as possible, 2) let it rest for six weeks, 3) read the entire first draft in a single day. Well, finally, on Day 29 of this first revision phase, I’ve completed a read through of the entire manuscript. Given that King’s average novel is about ten times the size of mine, I’m not quite sure how he gets through the MS in a single day, but then again, nobody gets hacked to bits by a psycho in…

Revising A Novel 101: Day 22

06 Feb 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story, Uncategorized

How I Came to Be Writing This Novel Stealing family stories as the blueprint for a novel is a form of cheating.  You take a deaf grandfather who is afraid of flying and you ask “Why?”  You take the old pump organ that sat in the basement for two decades after his father died.  In those two decades dust accumulates around that organ, but not only dust.  Memories and stories also gather themselves, gossamer cobwebs barely perceptible at first, but over time, while people are living their lives, graduating from school and college, getting married and making babies, the dust…