Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Revision Process, Part Three by author Cynthea Liu

This is the third and final installment in Cynthea Liu's series on the revision process. Are you guys blown away yet? I totally am, and I can't wait to incorporate her tips into my process. Thanks Cynthea!


3. Revise
Only after you have carefully considered Steps 1 and 2 do I suggest you start the process of revising the work itself. Step 3. A few tips:
1. Plan out the major story changes you need to make. Think through them carefully. Maybe read Sol Stein’s ON WRITING for more theory on plot development. Spin around as many ideas as you can that will serve your story best!

2. Once you have that all worked out, be sure you still aren’t clinging to favorite scenes just because you worked so hard on them. Do not be afraid to get rid of stuff and add stuff. It’s for your own sake!

3. With a plan for revision in hand, begin the process of revision. This time around, you should be more aware of everything you learned in Step 1 and 2 as you rewrite.

4. To help with that, read your revisions aloud! You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find when you make yourself listen to your writing and your story. PRETEND YOU ARE A READER, not a writer, when you do that.

5. Don’t be afraid to let the manuscript rest for about a week between revision rounds. It’s crazy what one week can do to make you a little bit more objective!

That’s it from the Snooper and me. Good luck with your revisions. We hope you have many more fruitful revisions in your future and perhaps, more sales, too! Cha-ching!

Cynthea Liu left a career as a technology consultant to become a children’s book writer, proving that anyone, no matter how inexperienced, can write for children if one has the drive and patience to learn. She obtained a literary agent within her first year as a writer and sold two novels soon after at auction to the Penguin Group (PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE, Putnam, 2009 and WHAT I DIDN’T TELL YOU, 2012). Her third book sold to Penguin on proposal (THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA, Speak, 2009). Cynthea is also the woman behind www.writingforchildrenandteens, a top ten website on the subject.  She has critiqued over a thousand writing samples and has seen some of her most devout critiquees go on to sell their manuscripts, ranging from picture book to young adult novels to major publishing houses.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic advice from Cynthia. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!



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