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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Our Struggle with Structure

I know, I know.

Revision and editing aren't quite the same thing, but close enough.

I thought I'd include a little something on it in this blog, anyway. Christopher Meeks, one of my fellow UCLA Writers’ Program instructors, wrote an article about a writer’s struggle with structure for Caroline Leavitt’s blog. She is another of our UCLA Writers’ Program instructors (often online!). Read Christopher's article at

Christopher Meeks is author of the novel The Brightest Moon of the Century and two collections of short fiction.

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at Learn more about her other authors' aids at, where writers will find lists and other helps on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. Find me tweeting writers' resources at And please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

1 comment:

Chris said...


Thank you for bringing up my article on structure. We can spend the bulk of our time making our sentences shine, but, as you point out, editing and revising sentences is not the same as seeing your structure.

What's rarely taught, it seems to me, is how to see your structure after you've written a whole draft, especially if you're the type of writer who writes as the moment carries you. How do you know the events are in the best order?

In interviewing other authors and in writing the article, I came to some interesting answers.

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