Revision Made Simple in 10 Steps

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I hate revising. I've got first drafts of essays, stories, and novel starts hanging out on my computer, and I'd rather do anything else besides revise them. In fact, I'd rather write an entire new book than revise one. Think of it in terms of a moving into a new place--hanging pictures on freshly painted walls is so much more exciting than doing a complete spring cleaning on a cluttered house. But we all have to revise, myself included

June 17, 2015 | Nadine Johnstone


Memoirists, Let's Incubate

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Perhaps you’ve had this experience: a well-meaning friend or relative or total stranger inquires what you’ve been up to lately, and you—brave, honest soul that you are—tell him or her that you’re writing a memoir. “Oh,” your companion says, “I’m going to do that someday, too! My life has been such a story. I just need the time to write it down.”

February 26, 2015 | Alex Marzano-Lesnevich


How to Offer Constructive Feedback that Writers Will Love

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By Sara Letourneau

Giving and receiving constructive feedback have become essential steps in the writing process. Authors can hold their stories so close to their hearts that they often miss glaring inconsistencies or mistakes in plot, characters, and other elements. Having another set of eyes can help make your stories the best they can possibly be. Thus, it’s a good idea to consider both sides of the practice: allowing others to read your work (eeek!), and volunteering to review theirs as well. 

June 23, 2014 | Sara Letourneau

Craft Advice Revision

Writes Well With Others

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By Kaila Kuban


It's 3:19 and I've been sitting in silence with the two ladies in my writing group for 45 minutes.  The only thing I hear is the low groan of the air-conditioner and the tip-tap-tip of the keys: my keys, Leah's keys, Liz's keys.  I've not known these women long, but today in their presence I feel calm.  This is not a normal feeling for me…especially when I write.

August 26, 2013 | Info


Freedom and Structure: Matt Bell's Seminar on Revision and Rewriting

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by Susi Lovell

There I was, with a first draft I loved, a folder bursting with a massive amount of material I'd developed in search of what that first draft was truly about (none of which felt right), and absolutely no idea how to pull my story together or move it forward.

This was not a new experience for me. It always seems to happen with my favorite stories, the ones I feel really invested in, the ones I know have to be finished.

August 26, 2013 | Guest Author