How to Edit Your First Draft

by Sylvia Wan, Age 20, Australia   First drafts are full of plot holes, dangling threads and character inconsistencies. There are also clichés, repetition and grammar and spelling mistakes. First drafts must be edited before printing or seeking a publisher. The first step is to shove your draft into a drawer for at least two...
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Writing Is Risky Business

by Charlotte Burgess, Age 17, Australia   I once read a quote by Olin Miller that said, “Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.” I’ve heard that this is true, and why shouldn’t it be?  Writing is risky business. There is never any guarantee that your...
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