On Writing a Novel: Revision is not a Four Letter Word

This post (from my lovely friend Rebekah Faubion) is perfect. For those of you in the revision trenches, read this, and keep fighting!

Rebekah Faubion, Writer

revision

Revision is a bloodbath. It is an assault on words you vomited — eked, spit, sweat — onto the page during drafting. It is where you get to the heart of your story. It sometimes involves massive cuts, sometimes surgical edits. Sometimes it is about character, and others about prose. It is a process, and while there is no one infallible way to revise, there are some truths universally acknowledged.

Write Tip #1: You must read your entire manuscript, from start to finish. There are no exceptions.

As you begin to read your manuscript, you will consider carving out your eyes with a melon baller as an alternative to reading anymore. Push past that and separate yourself from the hope that your first draft isn’t total shit. Even if you are a seasoned and stupendous writer, your first draft will have cringeworthy moments.

This read through is to identify the Global Problems

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One thought on “On Writing a Novel: Revision is not a Four Letter Word

  1. That is actually a pretty handy article. I do most of those things, but I like the way it’s articulated here. Will definitely be sharing on my own blog. :]

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