I am so behind this month!!! But I got it done. Here’s this month’s #InkRipples post!
Revision. For some authors, this is the best part of writing. For others, it’s worse than a trip to the dentist. But what is it?
I like to think of revision as the art of taking the lump of stone and polishing and cutting it until it reveal the gem that it truly is.
So, what does that look like?
Remember in school, when you had to write a first draft, then a second draft, and maybe a few more drafts before creating the final copy? Well, writing a book is a little like that.
You start with a first draft. Mine used to meander all over the place, as I didn't do much plotting before hand. It was fun, as I got to get a story down pretty quick, but the revision part became a nightmare. Huge sections would be removed completely as they didn’t fit with where the story ended up. In fact, some of my first drafts barely resemble the final product at all. Names changed, descriptions changed. The entire plot changed.
Anyway, once you have your first draft, you go back through it and see what it needs. I usually need to add in descriptions and emotions. Once I’ve added what it needs, I go through again and see what it doesn’t need. What can I take out to make it stronger? Then I look for overused words and phrases. Then I look at my word usage to see if I’ve used the best word choices. Then I send it out to my beta readers* for their thoughts. Then I repeat the process until I think it’s ready to submit for my publisher, or ready to publish on my own, depending on what series I’ve written for.
*[I also send to my betas as I am writing, not so much for feedback, but to make sure I get my pages written. And yes, my betas, I know I owe you all pages. Hoping to have them for you next week!]
Readers: Did you know all that went into revisions?
Authors: Do you enjoy revisions?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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This year's topics are:
May: Fairy Tales
August: Author Options in Publishing
September: World Building
October: Career vs Hobby
November: Finishing that Book!