Which writing clinic do you need most?

Most or soonest.


Feel free to suggest clinics I haven’t thought of, and to expand on your choices or reasons wanting a particular clinic in comments.

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12 comments… add one
  • Angelique Feb 22, 2007 @ 16:31

    I chose the worldbuilding clinic..I think that plots can emerge from the rich fabric of a well built world. Knowing how to do that building and to do it well is something I want to crash into. However, if plot wins the race, I won’t cry about it either 🙂

  • Jason Penney Feb 22, 2007 @ 8:02

    I have two novels in need of further revision. Some of the best resources I’ve found on novel revision come from this site, so Finish the Book Clinic wins for me hands down.

  • klharrds Feb 22, 2007 @ 3:23

    As the question referred to need, I have voted for plot. I need help with plot. Thats where I have the most trouble, getting through the tricky middle to the smashing final scene I have lurking in the back of my brain.

    I would LOVE world next, but i think thats just the procrastination in me. Any excuse to keep mucking about with what I already have instead of tackling that damn middle.

  • Chassit Feb 22, 2007 @ 0:13

    Actually, that’s almost the same thing that happened to me, michelem31. I think I’ll just close my eyes and pick one, I really want them all.

  • michelem31 Feb 21, 2007 @ 20:41

    Plot for me, definitely. I went a little crazy with my world building and discovered that there was more going on in my story than I thought, and I need more than one book to tell it. Now I need some help in taking it and putting it together in a coherent, readable order.

  • Liz Feb 21, 2007 @ 16:54

    I clicked “Create a Plot,” but I’d love to see something about incorporating theme some time. 🙂

  • MattScudder Feb 21, 2007 @ 16:10

    I checked the plot button, but if the finish the book one includes your revision techniques, I could really use that one more at the moment since I’ll have a first draft to tear apart pretty soon and rewriting has always been a challenge for me.

  • Nandini Feb 21, 2007 @ 13:02

    Storyshowing wins for me, hands down. In my current novel, I decided to focus on surprise and suspense in every single scene… I’ve ended up with a plot twistier than my incredibly curly hair. NOT what I wanted.

    What I would like to learn is how to tell that awesome story I have in my head, how not to spill the whole secret in chapter 2, how to draw the tension out into a thin, taut wire without snapping it.

  • Rick Feb 21, 2007 @ 12:14

    Ack, that should have said “someone who is not ME”.

  • Rick Feb 21, 2007 @ 12:13

    It was a close call for me between the World and Finish-the-damn-sucker Clinics. In the end, I voted for World, just because I am so, so interested in how (and how much) someone who is not might go about setting the scene.

  • TJ Feb 21, 2007 @ 11:52

    I’d like to buy all the clinics you offer, but as I’m just starting a novel at the current moment, I’d like the information available in the order that you would use it.

    P.S. I preordered Night Echoes, and I buy How to Watch Paint Dry, if you wrote it. You are a master, IMHO.

  • shawna Feb 21, 2007 @ 10:17

    I voted for the World clinic, but I want the Plot clinic nearly as much…

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