EDIT WITH ME

a monthly membership for aspiring writers wanting to learn how to edit

 

Do you desire to move from confusion to clarity with your editing?

 

Do you have a first draft, or a few bits and pieces of writing, that you don't know how to polish?

 

Do you hunger to connect with a community of like-minded writers moving through the same joys and struggles?

If you can relate to the above, I feel you! 

 

Most beginner writers think they know how to 'edit', but what they're actually doing is proof reading (fixing grammar, spelling, punctuation and so on).

Writing and editing are not ‘basically the same thing’ as many aspiring writers think. Writing and editing are, quite literally, opposite processes. Writing is about letting go of control (you want to be surprised by what comes out). Editing is about taking back control (to think about craft, clarity and audience).

 

Writing (a first draft)

A first draft—writing—is about holding space for the tangents that want to rise from your body. It is your subconscious surfacing. It is messy (which is how we get the nuance). It often lacks logical cohesion. This is a green flag. Don’t make it into a red one with the mental stories you tell yourself.

 

Editing (second draft onwards)

From the second draft onwards—editing—we begin removing the tangents. This is the conscious brain coming in to organise the mess that your subconscious has vomited onto the page. Editing is about imposing order, structure, and beginning to bring some form of logical cohesion to the work. Editing often entails throwing out much of what was written in a first draft but knowing that those two or three pieces of gold that are now the centrepiece of your work would not have been revealed had you not firstly made space for the messiness.

 

That’s what this membership is all about: helping you understand that the REAL work is the editing and inside, you’ll learn how to do exactly that.

Here are some of the things we'll cover together:

πŸ“š Frist drafts: How to vomit or ‘free write’ your first draft. This means: set a timer for 30 minutes, start writing and don’t stop until the timer goes off. Don’t pause to think about what you’ll say next, just write out each thought as it wants to come, even if you’re jumping around without completing the thoughts. Allow the tangents. Tangents in a first draft are what leads to the magic.

 

πŸ“š How to identify the emotional heart of the piece (i.e. which bit brings up the most emotion in your body? How to cut out any throat-clearing or background info that isn’t essential (it’s more than you think).

 

πŸ“š Writing in the singular: Re-writing the emotional heart of the piece in the singular rather than plural. This is ONE specific occurrence of the event you’re narrating, instead of a summary of multiple. E.g. This morning, I had coffee with my father (singular = one specific occurrence). NOT: On Fridays, I drink coffee with my father (plural = summary of multiple occurrences).

 

πŸ“š How to edit in scene mode: Highlight external (plot/action/dialogue) in green, internal (thoughts/feelings) in yellow, setting (time and place) in blue. Check you have 40/40/20% respectively. Edit your work to roughly match these percentages.

 

πŸ“š Editing for specificity: Your brain will try to tell you that vague, abstract and cliché phrases are the key to ‘universal appeal’. This is a lie. It’s counter-intuitive, but the opposite is true. Be specific. Be concrete. Remove all cliches. It might feel less ‘fancy’, but I promise you the writing will be better.

 

πŸ“š How to convert your writing to an audio track to listen and identify gaps in how you’re holding the reader through time and space.

Who is it for?

You do NOT need to have a full draft to join this program. Even if you've only journaled before, this program will help you understand how to take whatever bits and pieces you have, and begin editing them towards becoming a polished piece of work. If you've published before, it will allow you to re-build your relationship to editing, from the ground up.

This program is suitable for fiction, memoir and non-fiction writers, as it's built around learning the central element of all great storytelling: the scene.

How it works:

  • Each fortnight, we gather on Zoom. I ask for 2-3 volunteers who'd like to share their work with the group and get feedback from me.
  • Sharing your writing is optional. You can choose to learn by listening to other people's feedback sessions if you prefer. 
  • You do NOT need to be available at a certain day/time - you can watch the replays when it suits you if you can't attend live.
  • Sessions take place every second Monday at 3pm GMT +7 (Thailand) / 6pm AEDT (Brisbane) / 7pm AEST (Sydney) / 4pm AWST (Perth).
  • You will be emailed the Zoom link and a reminder 24 hours before each session.

Curious to know more? I've set up a free one-month trial so you can dip your toe in before deciding if it's for you.

Monthly membership

FREE for the first month, then $222 AUD (monthly subscription)

Enter the code 15FREE at check-out to get one month free

πŸ“š  2-3 group coaching sessions per month where I show you how to identify the strengths and weaknesses in a piece of writing, put an editing plan together, and make the corrections needed to lift the quality of the writing

πŸ“š Access to recordings of 2-3,000 words of writing and feedback per month

πŸ“š Facebook community to stay connected, share your writing wins, and ask the others questions as they arise

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ABOUT

Chloe Higgins writes about the things she’s afraid of: death, sex, love, and how she feels about her mother. 

The Girls, a memoir of family, grief and sexuality, is her debut and won the People’s Choice Award at the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

The Girls was also shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Prize for Non-Fiction and shortlisted for the State Library’s 2020 National Biography Award.

Read more about me here: https://chloemareehiggins.com

LOVE NOTES

"I think you’re bloody brilliant. You’ve really challenged me but at the same time given me confidence to continue writing. You ensure workshopping is balanced and respectful and you’re sensitive to the emotions that underlie the material presented. Your exploratory questions are really helpful in teasing out the themes that need deeper analysis. I feel very grateful to have stumbled upon your workshops."

 

"I want to keep breaking through barriers like I have been and get my memoir finished and I know I will with you. I have made so much progress in the last few months I have been writing with you. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you."

 

"Today I identified the belief for the first time that you have to be clever/an academic to write and produce a great book (not sure whose belief this was but thank-you!! I realised this is a major block to my writing!! I have freed something up, did my first 1,000 words straight after class and I didn’t care what I wrote! Feels very freeing."

 

"Thank you so much for extending your unconditional love and support to me. I feel beyond blessed to have your energy in my life. I am going to be vulnerable and say this: I felt almost truly seen for the first time in a long while by you and I’ll never forget how you made me feel on our first call."

 
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