Bett Norris


Bywater February 2010 newsletter

Just click on the link below for all kinds of announcements, including the new Bywater web site, and a new Bywater author:

 ‘News from Bywater Books’.


3 responses to “Bywater February 2010 newsletter

  1. stacy March 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I kept trying to leave a comment on your november blog post but alas i have none of the listed accounts. So here is my comment to your post – “It never stops…”

    Hi Bett – i really liked this post. i am sitting here procrastinating my first rewrite. I don’t feel like writing today but i am trying to be a “disciplined” writer. the idea of starting with dialogue to get the juices flowing is good, especially if one has the gift of writing it. Not sure if i am gifted but i sure loved Miss McGhee so if you say that’s one way to start, i’ll try it!


    • bettnorris March 2, 2010 at 6:10 am

      That is one way to start, with dialogue. There are other ways. Whatever works to get you enthused and eager to approach your rewrite is okay. You’ve done the hard thing, which is the first draft, from beginning to end. Good writers know that is only the beginning. Bad writers think the first draft is brilliant. Good writers approach the second draft as a way to sharpen and improve, to make better, what they have on paper.
      Good luck.


  2. stacy March 2, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Hi Bett! How generous that you actually ‘talk’ to your fans…thank you. And thanks for the encouraging advice and wonderful notes from Ellen Hart. i am always interested in real writers’ process so I’ll be regularly reading your blog. i recall reading one of your posts, perhaps on your website, and you mentioned that your editor just told to you to stop. I laughed so hard at this and told my partner – i like her! she is honest. Sometimes the stuff of life creeps in and we just hit a wall. Unfortunately when you are being paid and on deadline, not so good. : ) Thanks so much for sharing.


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