Writing Tip — 37

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Revisions

The day has arrived. You have heard back from your beta readers of your book. They have reported back to you with lots of comments and suggestions. Reading through what they wrote, you realize you need to do more than a few minor corrections. The book is not ready for prime time. They pointed out a number of problems: not staying in point of view, too much telling instead of showing, boring descriptions slow the story down. Confusion between who is saying what or who is doing what and why.

Once you’ve absorbed what they told you — after you throw things at the wall, threaten to never write another word, and consider starting a bonfire with everything you’ve ever written — it’s time to sit down and fix these problems. That’s right, I’m talking about revisions. Yes, something writers don’t like to do, since that means more words need to be cut, scenes rewritten, maybe even the removal of a favorite character. Decisions. Decisions.

You need to go through your book scene by scene, making sure they belong and add to the story. Do they move the story along, or slow things down? Make sure you keep the comments from your readers handy when you’re doing this. Everything you write in your story should advance it, in one way or another. The last thing you want is to lose your reader’s interest through unnecessary descriptions or scenes that don’t go anywhere.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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2 Responses to Writing Tip — 37

  1. D says:

    Revisions are the meat on the bones, but we’re taught to dread doing them because going back isn’t as exciting. Truthfully I’ve learned to love the editing process and revising process through embracing it as a chance to fine tune the details, and even go back and reconstruct some scenes. The thing that I can’t do however is totally rewrite a work. It drives me fucking crazy when that’s suggested. Still revising is a process we all have to do usually.

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