Revision vs. Editing Revision = changing the content of what you are writing Example: Adding a detail is revision. Editing = changing the appearance of what you are writing Example: Adding a comma is editing.
Revision is like... Revision is like cleaning your room because it may not be fun while youre doing it but when youre finished, you can stand back and see what youve done, and think, Wow! That looks great! - Lisa Schroeder, author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Revision is like... Revision is like getting everyone in the choir to sing in harmony because if one voice sticks out, it ruins it for everyone else. - Kathi Appelt, author of Kissing Tennessee and Poems from Homeroom
Revision Takes Planning Before we start editing in depth, we need to focus on revision. There are SO MANY WAYS to revise! Well show you just a few methods or strategies to making your writing better.... But that isnt all you can do! You need to have a plan about how you are going to go about your revisions you cant just slash and burn for no reason!
Big Things to do for Revision Adding material Details Description Plot background Character Development
Cut, Cut, Cut!! You can add... but you can also take away. What do you cut? Repetitive information Information that slows down the pace Irrelevant information Words you tend to overuse (example from my own writing: realize, noticed, obviously)
Word Choices Try replacing common words (things, good, stuff, cool) with words that are more unique. Try eliminating adverbs and describing them instead. Example: Instead of he walked quickly, what could you write to describe how he walked? He walked with his head down, arms swinging back and forth, legs eating up the ground. Try eliminating phrases like it looked like / it seemed like to make your statement stronger.
Quotes from Real Authors re: Revision I just love to use just. Its just so natural to just write and write and just let the words flow, you know? I weed most of those justs out in revision. - Linda Urban, author of Crooked Kind of Perfect I have a few little rules. Never more than one metaphor per page. Never use the same word in the same sentence (other than common words). Try not to use the same word in the same paragraph, and maybe not the whole book. And if you cant find a new way to express something (avoid cliches at all costs), then just say it straight, i.e. She was crying. - Nora Raleigh Baskin, author of Anything But Typical
Tip from John Green That really depends on how you define draft. I believe that all writing is rewritingeven when youre writing something down for the first time, its still an act of translation in a way because youre trying to use text to bring life to this thing that exists in your mind. And Im a big believer in revision: I almost always delete most of my first drafts (often as much as 90%). But there are many mini-drafts along the way, so its hard to talk about the process quantitatively. I do try to save the file with a different name each time Ive made some dramatic changes I fear I might later regret, so thats some measure, maybe, of how many drafts there are. The final copy of Katherines on my hard drive is called aok284; the final copy of TFiOS is called okay192. - Author of The Fault in Our Stars