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Michelle Richmond
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Attended University of Miami
Lives in Northern California
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If I Were 22: A Few Things I’d Tell Myself, If I Could Go Back in Time Enlarge Somewhere in Vermont, sometime in the ...
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The first episode of my writing and publishing podcast - How to Find a Literary Agent. 5 tips, 8 minutes...
How to Find a Literary Agent: 5 Tips from The Book Doctor, Michelle Richmond (http://bookdoctor.org)
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5 Things About Writing I Wish I'd Known 20 Years Ago
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Lovely lunch today at this great spot in San Carlos. The hush puppies, mimosa, and shrimp & crawfish etouffee reminded me of my long-ago home, Mobile.
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In search of great places to eat, drink, read, and hike in San Francisco? Here are my favorite hideaways in one foggy corner of the Golden State...for the San Francisco Tastemaker column in The Rundown
Local author Michelle Richmond shares her favorite Sunset haunts
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First Draft vs. Final Draft

No one writes a perfect story, essay, or novel the first time around. That’s where revision comes in. The first draft contains everything you wanted to say. The final draft contains everything you needed to say—those things that are essential to the story.

The first draft is likely to have more abstractions, while the final draft should be brimming with significant detail.

The final draft should not contain every detail you find interesting or clever, every detail that came to you during your many inspired and challenging hours of writing. It should, instead, contain relevant details that add meaning. Purple flowered couch may be less meaningful, for example, than the broken pot beneath the window. The purple couch is merely a matter of taste, whereas the broken pot indicates that something has happened—a break-in, maybe, or a more general state of disrepair in the lives of the characters.

The final draft may be longer or shorter than the first draft, depending on your inclinations, but it should be more focused.

I usually edit out many thousands of words over the course of my revisions, but some writers create a skeletal first draft and flesh it out later. I tend to write an overblown first draft and pare it down over time. Whether you pare down or expand upon your first draft, in the end, your final draft should be more focused. The associations among the various parts of your narrative will be clearer, and the themes will have been strengthened by the actions and observations of the characters.

The first draft is your baby, the thing you can’t let go of. The final draft is your concession that a book must be interesting, it must be cognizant of an audience, and it must make the reader want to keep turning pages.

By “concession” I do not mean that you have sold your literary soul, only that you have found a way to combine your best vision and your hard-won narrative skills, in order to make a thing of beauty that is both meaningful and entertaining.

Michelle Richmond is the author of four novels and two story collections. Get her weekly writing and publishing tips, or sign up for an online writing class.
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Great words of  wisdom; thank you . . 
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Latest episode in the writing and publishing podcast: First Draft vs. Final Draft. 
What makes for a great revision? Join the Book Doctor for this podcast on the important differences between an inspired first draft and a successful final draft of your novel or short story.
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I Hope This Letter Finds You (why the Bill Cosby story matters)
Writing on the Wall, 22 Years Later: Why The Bill Cosby Story Matters
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Join me in conversation with Joyce Carol Oates on March 25th in Menlo Park. We'll be discussing her new novel, The Sacrifice. Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, essays, and criticism, including the national bestsellers "We Were the Mulvaneys" and "Blonde". Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
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Great points +Michelle Richmond. I love the "art of reading." I do think the relentless pen-in-hand approach of "close reading" will kill kids' appetite for reading if overdone. I think your blog should be read in classrooms. 
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How will authors be paid for books lent through Kindle Unlimited? And will traditionally published authors have a say on whether their books are included?
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Author, Editor, Small Press Publisher
Skills
writing, publishing, editing
Employment
  • Random House
    Writer, present
    Author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, and two award-winning story collections. Essays in The Wall Street Journal, The Oxford American, Playboy, Salon, 7x7, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, The Telegraph, and elsewhere.
  • Bay Area Book Doctor
    Editor & Writing Coach, 2015
    Substantive and developmental editing for writers. Offering comprehensive manuscript critique, coaching, and more. http://bookdoctor.org
  • Fiction Attic Press
    Founder/Publisher, 2014
  • Authors Guild
    Board Member, 2014
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
    Visiting Scholar - Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair, 2012
  • Saint Mary's College of California
    Distinguished Visiting Writer, 2004 - 2005
  • California College of the Arts
    Adjunct Professor
  • University of San Francisco
    Adjunct Professor
  • Bowling Green State University
    Distinguished Visiting Writer
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Northern California
Previously
Alabama
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Author, Small Press Publisher, Mom. Interested in outer space, inner space, politics, and prose.
Introduction

Michelle Richmond's fourth novel, Golden State, and her new story collection, Hum, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, were published in the spring of 2014. Her previous books, which have been published in ten languages, include the international bestseller The Year of Fog, as well as the novels No One You Know and Dream of the Blue Room, and the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress.  She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Believer, Oxford American, The Telegraph, Coastal LivingSalon, and many other magazines and newspapers. 

A native of Alabama, Michelle lives with her husband and son in Northern California. Since 2010, she has served on the board of the Authors Guild, the nation's longest running advocacy organization for authors.

In 2012, Michelle held the Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair at Notre Dame de Namur University. She has taught in the Masters of Fine Arts programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts, and served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College of Moraga and Bowling Green State University. She holds an MFA from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow.

Michelle is the founder of Fiction Attic Press, which publishes short stories, essays, and flash fiction by emerging and established authors. 

To read more about Michelle's books and essays, please visit http://michellerichmond.com. To consult with her on your manuscript, please follow the Book Doctor link below.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/michellerichmon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichelleRichmond

Fiction Attic Press: http://fictionattic.com

The Book Doctor: http://bookdoctor.org

Education
  • University of Miami
    MFA Creative Writing, 1996 - 1998
  • University of Alabama
    Journalism, 1988 - 1992
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