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Making Revisions
12/1/2006 9:49:53 AM

Revising

You've heard it said before that most writing is REwriting. And I believe it. It's also the way I work.


I wrote the first draft of my mystery/suspense novel FAST TRACK in four months -- straight through -- then spent the next year and a half revising it. In all, it went through 14 major revisions before I found an agent (Barbara Casey) and my agent found a publisher (ArcheBooks).


Now, I'm in the process of revising book two in the series (working title: BLUFF). For the longest time, the manuscript lay dormant, partly because I've been working to promote book one, partly because of my day job at CNN, and partly because I'm, well, lazy. But I've been getting fed up with Procrastination Mode, so this week, I began writing (rewriting) again.


One discovery I made: After revising a chapter, I read it through out loud. In doing so, I found it was easier to catch typos, awkward phrasing, and to "hear" the dialogue in a way that prompted me to add tags. (eg: "'Lionel's a very strong man, Lark,' he said, emphasizing every word." -- That's the way the character said it when I read it out loud.)


So now (until further notice), I intend to keep working on a chapter until I can read it all the way through at least once without making a change. I know full well that in the course of revising the manuscript (I'm on draft #3), I'll be going back to what I've already written, probably repeatedly, but at least for now, this is the approach I'll take.


Wish me luck.


Pray for me.


Watch this space.


And, lemme know if you have any other suggestions.



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More Blogs by John DeDakis
• Ode to a Mentor....Or Letter from the Grave - Thursday, September 23, 2010
• You Should Write a Book - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
• Ever Feel Inadequate? - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
• Change is Good - Tuesday, February 23, 2010
• Overcoming the Fear of Rejection - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
• Beating Writer's Block - Tuesday, October 27, 2009
• What a Manuscript Editor Does (and Doesn't) Do - Monday, September 07, 2009
• Confessions of a Cross-gender Writer - Saturday, July 04, 2009
• 5 Ways to Stay Organized While Writing a Novel - Tuesday, May 19, 2009
• Writing for the Ear; Writing for the Eye - Sunday, May 17, 2009
• Plan a Little; Write a Little - Friday, May 01, 2009
• Building a Novel - Friday, April 10, 2009
• Writing a Screenplay - Tuesday, February 17, 2009
• VICTORY! - Wednesday, January 07, 2009
• A Creative Setback...and Opportunity - Wednesday, May 14, 2008
• Heading to the Inca Trail - Saturday, September 15, 2007
• Solving the Time Problem - Thursday, April 05, 2007
• Simmer Mode - Saturday, March 31, 2007
• The Art of Flitting - Friday, February 02, 2007
• Brooding - Monday, January 29, 2007
• Scene Building - Sunday, January 14, 2007
• Getting Stuff Done - Tuesday, January 09, 2007
• Connecting - Sunday, December 03, 2006
•  Making Revisions - Friday, December 01, 2006  

• In Search of Balance - Sunday, November 12, 2006
• The (sort of) Daily Muse - Thursday, November 09, 2006


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