Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Take a second... or a few

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:

For many, December is a post-NaNoWriMo revision haze! How do you approach editing/revising? Any tips or tricks or resources you can share?

My biggest tip is TIME. Away from the story. Due to life stuff I had to step away from my story for a bit and it's not even quite done but my brain has been ticking over all the gaps that when i stepped away I would have said weren't there (it's genius... of course.... perfect draft... not....).

When life settles I'll be able to go ahead with fresh purpose but even more, I'll get stuck into the beginning and make it the story I first saw in my head.

CPs are the other greatest tool. Those fresh eyes who don't (most of the time) read it straight from your head but deal with mere words on the page. They're just like readers... only they love you and aren't afraid to tell you it sucks and offer ways to fix it.

Or at least commiserations as you try to fix it.

What about you? Any tips?


  1. I usually take a couple days off at the end of a draft. I also usually have another WIP in progress while I'm revising so if I need a break, I can go play with the other story for awhile.

    1. Something different really does clear the head and force a step back!

  2. I have NO tips at the moment! LOL - I'm a bundle of editing woe :)

  3. Yes! A good CP will tell you your story stinks (in a polite, constructive way, of course).


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