Revision is a Process –
How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing
GENRE: Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Non-Fiction
A first draft holds the possibility of what will be a great story. Revision turns that rough diamond into a spectacular gem worth a reader's money and time.
Writers are individuals but to be a producing writer means creating a system to revise and polish a work so the reader thoroughly enjoys the story. REVISION IS A PROCESS is a guidebook for writers and authors that shows how a simple 12-step process can be tailored to eliminate the most common and chronic maladies of writing genre fiction. This valuable guidebook contains secrets, tips, practical advice, how-to's, and why-to's for taking the frustration out of self-editing.
From Section 1, An Overview of Revision is a Process
. . . revision is a process . A logical, straightforward process where you don't try to find and fix everything at once. Instead, you break the monumental task into component parts and focus on only an item or two at a time.
Okay, so the reality is that creative people, especially writers, hate logic and straightforwardness. And it's a fact that logic and creativity have always been at war with each other. After all, creativity gives a writer a high like no other. It's the fun part of writing and storytelling.
On the other hand, revising, rewriting, and self-editing are linear, logical, objective—and not fun.
Ever so necessary if one intends to be commercially successful in the writing business.
Here's something I've learned about writing and self-editing—a writer should find a middle ground. That means having the logical part of one's mind work with the subconscious imagination (the creative self).
It's about adopting a different view of self-editing—calling it a process—and diligently organizing that process into small steps that can easily be done. This gives a writer confidence that they have polished their story and increased its marketability.
I strongly believe, and have seen, that revision-as-a-process enables a writer to use both their left (logical) and right (creative) brain to become even more creative.
That's because the writer not only tailors a one-of-a-kind process but they also develop their own revision master cheat sheets. As a result, the creative subconscious (the imagination) becomes aware of the pitfalls and glitches that must be checked for, and subsequently, little by little, the creative self dishes up better first drafts with far fewer errors.
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Make yourself a sign and hang it near your writing space:
Readers are Logical People
That's right. The brain strives to make sense of the world and what happens in it. That's why logic always trumps creativity and imagination. It's the war of Right Brain versus Left Brain.
So, is it any wonder that when reading, a reader has a hard time believing in faster than light travel or magic or aliens or gods? Such things are not logical, not reality—and yet fiction is rife with future worlds, magic, beings, and entities.
One of my writing teachers told me, "Anything can be made believable. You only have to find the way." That way to believability can be very difficult at times, but it's well worth the think time and effort to ensure the reader suspends their disbelief and accepts the premise of magic, aliens, other worlds, or the supernatural.
To achieve getting readers to suspend their disbelief, I firmly believe a writer should stop using the Internet. Instead, a writer should seek out experts, biographies, works of real scientists, scholars, and historians to get the facts right. Then the writer can extrapolate what's possible and seemingly realistic. It's the "yeah, that makes sense" aspect that a reader will go along with.
Hardest of all is justifying a character's motivations to do the unthinkable, like murdering their spouse or children. In that case, it's good to know about life scripts and read texts, articles, and essays about what makes good people do bad things.
So, what is your opinion on using the Internet versus "experts" for story verification or research?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Catherine E. McLean's lighthearted, short stories have appeared in hard cover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include JEWELS OF THE SKY, KARMA & MAYHEM, HEARTS AKILTER, and ADRADA TO ZOOL (a short story anthology). She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes lighthearted tales of phantasy realms and stardust worlds (fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal) with romance and advenure. She is also a writing instructor and workshop speaker. Her nonfiction book for writers is REVISION IS A PROCESS - HOW TO TAKE THE FRUSTRATION OUT OF SELF-EDITING.
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● Website for writers: http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com
● Writers Cheat Sheets Blog: https://writerscheatsheets.blogspot.com
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