All posts tagged: Editing

A Song Called Revisions: 5 Encouragements For the Road Ahead

Revisions, revisions, revisions. If you have ever dreamed of writing a novel, or have already undergone the work of doing so, then the song called “Revisions,” is one of familiarity to you. It’s a catchy tune, being that it only has ONE word…Revisions. Let’s face it, writing a novel is an amazing adventure, one that you can’t really express how great it is in words, even though it is built of nothing but words. But even with all that fun and glory there is the not-so-fun part of the journey, which entails editing and revisions. Revision: (re·vi·sion)- To change text: To amend text in order to improve, adapt it, update it, or correct it” Even without a definition the word itself tells you what it is about; Revision-re-vision: Get a different vision. Maybe you are seeing with decent creative vision, but 20/20 is obviously better than “decent.” Can we all be honest? Most of us think our first drafts are GOLDEN anyway! So what they are either devoid of comma’s or infected with them. So what …

Editing and Gym Pants: More on Ascension Graveyard

Editing and revising a first draft of a story is a lot like pulling the draw string on a pair of gym pants; everything will come together much tighter, but there will still be a need to smooth things out. The more I work on Ascension Graveyard, the more I keep the idea of reverse outlining (Link to post on Reverse Outlining HERE)  in mind, the more excited I become. The story is filling itself in, especially in places where I felt like I was just adding words for adding words sake. This happens. It is a part of the process, not just of writing but in reaching 50,000 words before the close of 30 days during  a NaNoWriMo adventure. I don’t know why Ascension Graveyard has been such a bear of a story to write for me. I have grown fond of the characters, I think the plot is fun, even if a bit dark. But the one thing I can say is that beyond all the frustration that I have had during this …

Second Verse in Reverse: Managing Revisions through “Reverse Outlines”

One thing that I don’t like to do, almost as much as I don’t like writing a synopsis, is doing revisions on a large tome. I love the art of creating the manuscript, letting my fingers make that beautiful music as they press against key after keyboard key. I love character invention! If you are anything like me you will be able to see little pieces of yourself in each character that you give birth to through your imagination.  Doesn’t matter how crazy the person may turn out to be, you still may find yourself thinking, “Oh look at him, he has my eyes.” But revisions…revisions make me massage that space in between my eyes. Revisions make me turn to actually doing my household chores. Revisions make me want to weep like a child. Lets face it, revisions can be the pits. But they don’t have to be. (Yep, there is a silver lining.) So I am not even finished writing Ascension Graveyard, not hardly, and I have already been breaking a sweat and having …