JoAnne Turner | What to Leave on the Cutting Room Floor

presented by the Writers Guild of Texas 

Congratulations! You've finished your first 500,000-word adult fantasy steampunk mystery romance novel! But wait. Novels, even adult fantasy/science fiction, generally cap out at 150,000 words (and have a max of two genres, but we can cover that later…). What will you do? Every word of your precious baby is absolutely necessary, right? Nope. Presented by the Writers Guild of Texas

Starting with the big picture and drilling down to individual words, this class will help you with the first, dreaded, initial cut of a first draft. We will explore world-building and backstory, recognizing info dumps and how to avoid them using POV, choosing scenes that work for your story, and positions of emphasis on word placement. You will learn what words, scenes, and even chapters need to be left on that cutting room floor!

As a bonus, you will get resources to continue the editing process to turn your cranky baby into a smooth, polished debutante, ready for self-publishing or sending out to agents!

How do I participate? 

Register by 4 PM on August 24 to receive the Zoom meeting link & password.

Fill out the registration form by clicking here to receive the Zoom join ink the day before the meeting. Register Here!

Be prepared to ask questions and take notes in the comfort of your pj's, because this session will be brought to you with the power of the internet. You don't have to have a Zoom account to participate, but if you do, please make sure that you have updated to the latest version.

What if I can't think of a question on this form?

If you have questions during the discussion you can enter them into the chatbox and we make sure that they will get answered. You may also email WGT at to ask additional questions before the meeting.

August 24, 2020 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Writers Guild of Texas
Online Zoom Meeting Room
Richardson, TX 75080
United States
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Writers Guild of Texas

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