18 January 2016

The Revision #MondayMotivation

In 1946, sportswriter Paul Gallico wrote, "It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader." 

For me, the bleeding comes with revising and editing. No matter how much we write, eventually all writers have to edit. This year, I actually have an almost-complete novel to work with thanks to National Novel Writing Month.

I also purchased Scrivener at a great discount because I achieved my NaNoWriMo goal. It's not an easy novel-formatting program. So I bought a Kindle Scrivener how-to, and checked out Scrivener for Dummies at the library. My goal is to have the novel, now residing in over 40 Word files, transferred to Scrivener by the end of the month. 

Pour yourself a glass of something strong and get to your editing. I'll join you. We can do this!


Khalazdad said...

I hate editing.

But, we have to do it. Part of that process is the dreaded critique group, and the slightly less dreaded beta read. I just got some betas back and, naturally, they liked the part of the book that I had bled for the most - written through a wall of snotty sobs - and had not edited substantially yet.

The bleeding is the thing. Time to go edit.

Dani said...

My line editor is amazed I don't love revision - she thinks crapping it out is the really hard part. I want to love BOTH - and the re-read after it's actually published. :D

Marian Allen said...

Editing is when you make the general particular. The hardest editorial bleeding comes, for me, when I take a story I think is finished to the critique group and come home with marks all over it. But, after I staunch those wounds, I love making the edits that turn an "okay" story into a better story. :)

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Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm in the revision stage leading up to the self-editing stage. Revisions bog me down, but self-editing is fun. I'm even given a little talk on self-editing to a writing group tonight.

Misha Gericke said...

I fell in love with Scrivener once I got the hang of it, but I still edit in word with Track Changes on.

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