Tag Archive | revision

Approach your revisions lovingly

Approach your revisions lovingly

Guest Blogger: Ariel Benjamin “Be a loving reviser.”—The first string of words that got me out of bed this morning. When it comes to revising, writers hear something like this, “you must write freely, but become a tough critic when you edit.” Writers! You must be two different people. One is something like a hippie, […]

My Greatest Fear as a Writer

My Greatest Fear as a Writer

At least as far as my books are concerned, I think the biggest fear that drives me is actually throwing in the towel too early. Potential is great except when you short sell it. The feeling of promise is one thing, the potential of it going somewhere. But when it doesn’t deliver on that promise, […]

Just Another Delimma

Just Another Delimma

It happens. Especially in the editing process, although it happens in the creation process as well. You’re happily (hopefully) working on your piece of art when suddenly, a new character or plot twist or something else hits you powerfully. You may love it or want to reject it, but usually you evaluate whether it can […]

Defining Revision

Defining Revision

“What’s the difference between editing and re-writing?” The thrill I felt at some one asking that question is sure proof I’m a writer-and that I’m weird. Maybe it was partly because of my post last week . I was definitely interested in hearing the answers from the other members in the writing group. I confess […]

Obsessive Compulsive Revisions

Obsessive Compulsive Revisions

  Does anyone else struggle with the desperate need to revise? Heaven forbid anyone should see the old draft. Even if I just recently decided how to change it or barely noticed an issue, it doesn’t matter how many people have critiqued it or how many times I’ve submitted it, I just have to change […]

Advice Overload Pending

I’m a sucker for just one more opinion and probably don’t  know when to quit getting/accepting feedback on something. Most of my stuff is in an endless cycle of revision that drives my Husband nuts because I never “finish”. So, I face the continual flow of different and sometimes conflicting advice. One persona says capitalize […]

Not A Quilt

My Dear Friend and I talked about the process of writing. She is an avid reader, but not a writer (yet). I told her I needed to remove some fat from my current WIP. She asked why I didn’t write everything in up front and take it out at the end. How best to explain […]

Things I’m Glad I Didn’t Know

I’ve seen lists of “what I didn’t know” and “what I’ve learned” but I thought I might add a list of my own – of those things that I’m glad I didn’t know. If I would have known this stuff, who knows, I might never have started writing a book. I firmly agree that sometimes […]