In prepping for a stint at the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference next month, I came across this from author Katherine Paterson: “I wish for every writer in the world an editor like Virginia Buckley.”
I was among the lucky ones; Virginia Buckley edited …
Added by Deb Vanasse on May 14, 2013 at 1:24pm —
So I finished Campnanowrimo. I am now left with 10 great picture book stories that need to be cleaned up and shown some love. Also, my NA Scifi is back from another round of CP's (critique partners). It needs to be shown more love as well. May is super busy for me. My plan is to do revisions on both novels during the month of May. I have a tentative day of May 15th which I recognize is CRAZY!
Clearly, I like crazy:)
Here is my revision… Continue
Added by PM Kester on May 8, 2013 at 6:11am —
Recently, I've begun playing with a new writing toy: the software program Scrivener. It's a tool developed for the brainstorming and drafting stage of longer writing projects, whether novels, screenplays, or dissertations. It allows you to keep your research, various media files, and notes all in one program. And my favorite part? It allows you to tag each… Continue
Added by Lacey Louwagie on January 14, 2013 at 12:21pm —
For anyone currently working on a revision or for those of you who, after November, will be launching into the revision phase, you don't want to miss reading this post.
I posed the following question to the LinkedIn group, Let's Talk About Writing, to my great NaNoReviMo group members and also to the great…
Added by Julie Luek on November 12, 2012 at 6:04am —
On this final day as guest editor at SheWrites, I’d like to suggest a method for revision, a process you must undertake if you eventually want to publish your “flash” fiction and nonfiction. This comes from an excerpt of an article in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide for Writing Flash Fiction (http://www.rosemetalpress.com/Catalog/Field%20Guide_more.html) entitled “Editing and Revising Flash… Continue
Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 26, 2012 at 4:09pm —
Added by Kath Hubbard on April 16, 2012 at 6:45pm —
Today, September 1, is my official pub date. It will also be the final installment of my turn as She Writes' Countdown to Publication columnist. You’ll be reading this on that day, but that “today” is not mine. I’m still, as I write, waiting, and waiting is rarely an enjoyable activity.
Here’s what I mean, expressed economically in a few lines from Elizabeth Bishop’s… Continue
Added by Nancy K. Miller on September 1, 2011 at 7:30am —
This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an all-day set of writing workshops at Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Since I have been learning to beat writer's block
, this day was a necessary shock to my system - an entire day of learning, writing, and revising is just what I needed! And, because I believe in the power of sharing, I thought I would disclose…
Added by Jordan A. on June 6, 2011 at 10:04am —
And for the grand finale of our April series of weekly editor chats, Roz Morris of Nail Your Novel and I are talking about revision---when it starts, what it involves, how to do it, what to expect. What this elusive and often-misunderstood word 'revision' really means:
Please join us for:… Continue
Added by Victoria Mixon on April 27, 2011 at 1:48pm —
Right now I have three books in progress. One of them was written for the 2008 NaNoWriMo, Hope Falls. Although all three books have been chattering at me non-stop for the past several months, Hope Falls has been by-far the loudest. I really, really want to revise, edit and complete this manuscript but something keeps holding me back. I've been trying… Continue
Added by Carrie A Golden on April 27, 2011 at 6:36am —
My novel has been collecting dust on my desk while I have started a short story, a memoir (1500 words or less) for a local writing contest, read multiple books, and have reviewed some books. Before you praise me for being so productive, all I've really accomplished is postponing my manuscript's revision while adding a lot more irons to the fire.
I started revising last week then put the pages aside rather quickly. I was crossing out more than I was keeping. But it isn't about wanting… Continue
Added by Hallie Sawyer on February 28, 2011 at 6:00am —
It's difficult bordering on impossible: writing an entire novel.
But you did it. You finally produced a manuscript of such beauty even you
were satisfied. Then you found the best possible editor, sent that heartbreaking manuscript off, and when it came back, it had been. . .EDITED.
How does this happen?
Today: Chaos. Lag. Flab. Overkill. And… Continue
Added by Victoria Mixon on September 20, 2010 at 8:39pm —
In which I attempt witty banter on the topic of revision. And I also share pre/post examples from one of my manuscripts. BIG difference, trust me. Stop by...I'd love to see you around.
Added by K. M. Walton on September 2, 2010 at 4:15pm —
I've made it---I've broken into the blogging numbers that result in random spam from marketers wanting to link to your site from sites that have nothing to do with you. I want to thank everyone who made this breakthrough possible. Awww
Then I want to talk a little about the link between fiction and washing machines
Added by Victoria Mixon on August 30, 2010 at 12:14pm —
At long last! I received word last week that my novel Tattoo
, the sequel to Ice Song
, is going into production. What exactly does that mean? For those of you who aren’t familiar with the process, I’ll outline it here.
Once a manuscript has completed initial editorial processes (revisions made… Continue
Added by Kirsten Imani Kasai on July 31, 2010 at 10:15am —
“To write simply is as difficult as to be good.
” Somerset Maugham
After the macro revision and after deconstructing your premise, themes, etc put your manuscript away. Let it cool down. As written so brilliantly by Kathy Crowley in Beyond The Margins
, what happens in the drawer is a bit of magic. Refrigerate your book between each revision. Fresh eyes are a writer’s best, if most… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on July 1, 2010 at 10:57am —
Sometimes revision feels more like death to fiction than revitalization. What do you do when you've revised the punch right out?
Today on Victoria's Advice Column
Added by Victoria Mixon on June 10, 2010 at 11:06am —
Well, there's a reason the gods made little green apples and editors.
Today on Dear Editor
Added by Victoria Mixon on May 27, 2010 at 11:13am —
When I completed my novel, it contained 91,000 words! After careful editing, it is down to 62,000 words—still lengthy for my genre. I’m worried that its length will discourage an agent or publisher from picking it up. What should I do?
What would you do?
You can find out how to handle it today on Dear Editor
Added by Victoria Mixon on May 14, 2010 at 11:30am —
I have a monster labor-of-love manuscript lurking nearby that I have grudgingly agreed to edit. I'm a bit worried, because the author is quite in love with his words and had much of the draft memorized. This, as most editors can tell you, does not bode well.
I once revised and edited a book for a publisher and asked them how they wanted the manuscript mark-up done. I wondered if they wanted to show the author every suggested change.
I received the following… Continue
Added by Ami Hendrickson on February 16, 2010 at 8:45am —