Writing Plan

Things are crazy lately, so I thought I’d ask…

What are your best tips for revising your writing?


9 thoughts on “Writing Plan

  1. Yikes 🙂

    I do a grammar and spell check twice/then I search and destroy hyperboles and unnecessary words and phrases. Examine the tags.

    My most dreaded … word find the words I know I say again and again …

    Yuck … My advice is to find the system that works for the way you write. Each of us has a nemesis, be it over dramatizing, or understating.

    Be patient, have good CP and above all a trusted beta reader.
    Enjoy your day 🙂

  2. Carol,
    I read aloud passages too. It’s amazing how different they come across when spoken :). I find myself tightening sentence after sentence when I do that.


  3. I start from the beginning and pretend I haven’t read it 40 million times 🙂 I clear my mind, and pretend it’s a new book. It’s amazing what you’ll pick up!

  4. Tracey,
    I completely agree with your advice, it really is amazing what parts show up as needing work once you’ve stepped away for a while.
    Thanks for stopping by,

  5. I do spelling and grammar checking, and my latest WIP I did a “remove these words” check. Then I start reading at the beginning and start making changes. If there’s a part where I find I want to work on the plot, as opposed to what I’d characterize as generally minor edits, I work on that first. I work until my brain starts to freeze, my eyesight blurs, or my partner reminds me that there are other things in life besides writing, whichever comes first.

    My general criteria for exiting editing on anything at all is that I have to go through it twice without finding anything to fix .. hard to do … or until I feel I’m going stale on it. At that point I either step away, find someone else to take a look at it, or decide it’s ready to ship… This is a judgment call, and a difficult one at that .. my mother was an artist and she (rightly) claimed that one of the most important lessons she learned was when to put down her brush. This applies equally well to one’s pen.

  6. Margaret,
    I once used the “find” feature on my manuscript and had the program change words that I overuse to all caps (that, was, be, etc…) so it would be jarring to my eyes when I came upon them during a read through.

    I really like the idea of calling it done when you can read through it twice.

    As for putting down the pen, I’ve found that to be my biggest problem. I’ll spend way too much time fiddling with a sentence that was fine to begin with.

    Thanks for visiting,

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