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Revisions

Do you enjoy doing revisions?  It’s actually my least favorite part.  I finished my new book in four months, and now I’m using this month to do editing and changing.   

The longer I have been writing, I have found how much it has improved….especially with this book comparing to my last.  There are fewer mistakes because I know what I am doing wrong, and I know not to make those same mistakes again.  But there are other mistakes I have to watch out for and correct . 

My revisions are coming along much faster than they did with the last book because I am doing them a different way.  Instead of reading through the book three or four times for plot, storyline, and grammer changes.  I am reading through each chapter twice or three times at a time to make each of those changes.  So far, I am revising 2-3 chapters a day for five days a week, which is very good for me.  Then, I will let my critique group take a look at it when it is time. 

Last year it took me five months to do revisions because it was my first time doing revisions on a book I wrote.  😦  And now I know more about what to avoid with my writing.  I have been changing and correcting quite a bit with this new story, however. 

It’s funny how before I joined my local RWA group in 2006, I wrote a couple of books loaded with imperfections and mistakes, and I believed nothing was wrong with them.  Lol  Then, I learned all about writing, and discovered how horrible it was then and how my writing is now.  It has done a 360 degree turn from how it was then.

I owe it all to the good Lord and my group with the amazing critique partners I have for their support and honesty.    

How do you do your revisions?  How long does it take you to do them?

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10 Responses

  1. I actually don’t mind revisions. it’s the puzzle part of writing a book to me and where the characters and story get a lot of life breathed into it.

    Each story is sometimes different on revisions, so I don’t have any set pattern. for me, it’s just getting in there and getting done what needs to be done!

  2. I have a love/hate relationship with revisions.

    I love having the book done so I can do revision.

    I hate that I can get wrapped up in a single word versus using a different word.

  3. I did the same thing, Jamie! Boy have I learned alot since then. I used to hate revisons. Procrastinated big time. Now I think of it more as adding layers and special touches. LOL Okay, I still don’t like them that much. But as Keri said, it has to be done! 🙂

  4. Revisions? *glances at email from agent* *curls up in corner and weeps*

  5. Keri, that’s good that you don’t mind them. The reason I don’t like them is because I am so much of a perfectionist. I keep going back over and over again and changing things, even things that don’t need to be changed. That’s what I don’t like about it. But like you said, they have to be done.

  6. I agree with you so much on that, Cyndi. I LOVE the idea of having the book finished, but I get disappointed when I keep going back to change words over and over again.

  7. That’s another way to look at it, Melissa. I use them to add other layers to the story too. That’s the part I actually like about revisions. I can go back and add in things I want to. 🙂

  8. I know you can do it, Kari. Just take it one step at a time, and you’ll get there. I wish you good luck. 🙂

  9. I don’t mind revisions too much. The biggest problem for me is to let go of words that I really love, but don’t move the story at all. And my cp is fabulous, which helps tons.

  10. That’s a big problem for me too, Vicki-letting go of words I REALLY love. But I LOVE my critique partners. What would I do without them? 🙂

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