Thursday, August 20, 2009

How I Revise

Yesterday on Murderati, JD Rhoades discussed the two main ways to revise: write multiple drafts, each one more polished, or edit-as-you-go, perfecting each chapter before moving to the next. I commented:

I try to write a first draft that reads well and gets the major plot points out, but I'm not able to do major revision as I go and have a finished product when I type "The End". I need to go back and look at the story when I'm no longer trying to think of what happens next, when I can concentrate on improving the pace or drama of events I've already plotted out.

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