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10 Writing Resources: Revision

10 Writing Resources: Revision

10 Writing Resources: RevisionThere are a lot of guides around the web for drafting, brainstorming, and actual writing, but I feel like there’s less about an equally important aspect of a writer’s life: Revision. Revision is actually my favorite part of the whole writing process, so it’s a phase I hold near and dear to my heart. But I know for a lot of people, it’s the very devil incarnate.

That’s why I’ve compiled some of my favorite guides for revision here. Peruse, take what you need, and get going on those edits!

1. Getting Organized to Write…Continue Reading

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Chapter Revision Checklist

Chapter Revision Checklist

You’ve finished your first or second draft. Huzzah! Your plot is fairly intact, your characters’ arcs are in order, and you’re ready to begin revising hardcore.

At this point, I like to pull out my friend the chapter revision checklist. After years of revising, trying not to forget any key elements, I finally sat down and put this together. Now whenever I pull out my pens and start tearing into chapters, I have this beside me to make sure I have my bases covered.

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The Madwoman’s Revision Technique

The Madwoman’s Revision Technique

As with all things writing, there are about 10000 different ways to do anything. But my WIP is on a tight deadline, so I developed this technique to revise thoroughly and quickly.

If you want, you can check out my outlining technique to see what I did on the front end to reduce revision. Then follow me down the rabbit hole of madness!

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Step 1: Get Input While Drafting.

I had a workshop group for my WIP, but you can also do this with a critique partner. There are a lot of forums/blogs that offer CP services, but a particular favorite of…Continue Reading

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The Madwoman’s Tips For Making Revision Fun

The Madwoman’s Tips For Making Revision Fun

Revision can be a taxing process. Trust me: When am I not revising something? (Spoiler: The answer is I am in a perpetual state of revision.)

This month, I set out to finish revising the last 12 chapters of WIP Blessings that have been hanging over my head since January. And I did it! And it wasn’t terrible!

So how did I make editing over 30k in three weeks fun?

 

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1. Print the sucker out

At some point in your revision process, you’re gonna need to print that baby out. (If you’re like me, you’ll probably print it several times.) You can do it…Continue Reading

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Easy Tricks for Editing

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I’ve just finished reading through my WIP, Blessings, in under 24 hours, and I noticed a few things:

  1. My revision techniques really saved me from any terrible transgressions in passive voice (FINALLY. HUZZAH!!!).
  2. I still could be more thorough in pinpointing my weaknesses and attacking them head-on.

I thought I’d share the tricks I’m learning, which just might help expedite your future revision goals!

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Creative Writing Tips: 3 Reasons to Listen

Creative Writing Tips: 3 Reasons to Listen

REASONS TO LISTEN WHILE REVISINGWhen I was preparing my manuscript for my magical beta readers, I decided to give it a complete read-through in the most merciless way possible. If I expected them to read a 90,000 word novel for me, I wanted to at least make sure they weren’t tripping over typos!

There are three ways you can listen to your text: By reading it out loud to yourself (or, even better, with an audience), by asking someone else to read it to you, or by employing a robot.

I’ve done the first two before and they work well. However,…Continue Reading

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5 Ways to Productively Procrastinate on Your Novel

5 Ways to Productively Procrastinate on Your Novel

Ways to Productively Procrastinate on Your NovelI’m deep into my revisions for my WIP, Blessings, and if there’s one thing everyone needs when it comes to revision, it’s this: Ways to (productively) procrastinate.

“What do I mean?” you ask, tossing your golden/raven/auburn/brown (sorry, brown haired people) locks. “Procrastination cannot be productive, one must simply push on! Also, have you been reading Mary Poppins today? Because I sound unaccountably British.”

Yes, yes, I read the whole book in under twenty-four hours. Anyway. When I talk about productive procrastination, I mean forms of procrastination that will keep your creative juices flowing whilst requiring…Continue Reading

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