A Potpourri of Revision Posts
Okay, so I have six scenes to go in the first draft. My goal for today was three scenes, which would have gotten me down to five left, and I wrote those six scenes, but one was a surprise with perhaps a little magic in it and a possible focus for one story thread when I start revising. So it’s staying for now, but the math says I now have six scenes to go.
Anyway, I am getting closer to revision, and I’ve been letting the idea of it simmer in my head this past week. I wish I could say I meant “shimmer” there, but I’m actually a little nervous this time around, so “simmer” it is. I thought I’d do a little reading about revision to perhaps lessen the butterflies, and I thought I’d share some posts with you guys.
Here’s some of the treasure I found while browsing around the web.
From Robin LaFevers, two posts. One I basically intruded into her busy world and asked her for, over on Facebook, when I was hoping for some ideas about how to use software/spreadsheets in plotting timelines. The post she linked to is here. And another one here with some great questions to ask yourself before you start revising.
From Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds, this post is probably more “colorful,” than you’re used to if you visit my blog very often, but it’s very funny and pretty much spot on. (See, in particular, numbers 19 and 23.)
A very detailed, very good revision checklist from Nathan Bransford.
And another great revision post he links to, from Jennifer R. Hubbard, about revision fatigue.
I’m always looking for structure, so I like the to-dos in this post from Kristin Elise.
And some wonderful opinions/processes collected from other authors and posted at The Enchanted Inkspot.
Enjoy. And happy revising!
How long do you usually set aside your completed first draft before you begin revising? I can’t get enough distance to start thinking about revisions until a month or two after I finish the first draft.
Stephanie, this is something I’m not good at, but I’m thinking I need to try it this time around. I may not make it a whole month, but I think I should shoot for a couple of weeks. I could try starting a new picture book in the gap, to really give me some distance.