I’ve used a million different processes in revising over the years. One thing I’ve learned is I revise WAY too fast. I don’t give it a good final go-through AFTER I think I’m done.
This time I’m trying something different.
I’m going through and editing and making notes using comments ON Screen.
Next I’ll go through the scenes I’ve made comments on and really bring them to life, bump up the conflict or emotion or whatever it is the comments mention.
THEN I’ll print the book out and revise a paper copy.
I think it will make a stronger product. The last revision I did was similar without the comments section.
I’ve heard of people using different colors for revising, but I think I’ll wait for that. I PREACH revision to my students, but for some reason, I’ve skipped that step in my own writing. I don’t think I’m tough enough on myself.
Recently someone read my stuff and said the characters sounded very much the same. Maybe I could use colors to help with that.
What do you do?
And just for kicks…
when I was a kid my all time favorite book started with
As I stepped out into the sunlight from the darkness of the movie house.
When the movie came out, I instantly covered my walls in posters. (I was IN LUV with C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio and Matt Dillon)
What was the book/movie?