February 19th, 2014

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Writing Excuses 9.7: Last Pass Revisions with Eric James Stone

Writing Excuses 9.7: Last Pass Revisions with Eric James Stone

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/02/16/writing-excuses-9-7-last-pass-revisions-with-eric-james-stone/

Key points: First, middle, and last revisions are different. You may change your mindset from fixing things to adding things. Be careful not to break things. There is a difference between adding scenes because there is a hole and adding them because wouldn't it be nice if... Some corrections in spot fixes also require looking at the whole book and adjusting. Making things consistent, foreshadowing, setting up things all require revisions. Keeping a "bug" list can be helpful, or at least notes in square brackets of things to fix. Making structural changes or not shifts in different revision passes. Look to smooth things out, check pacing, and avoid repetition. Try a read aloud pass. Use readers to identify problems. Use the last pass to ensure consistency, look for dangling, repetition, and lack of foreshadowing. Remember, it's your process!
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[Brandon] Well, this has been a wonderful episode. I am going to go ahead and give us a writing prompt. I don't know why this occurred to me, but it seems like it might be a good writing prompt because of that. All of the caffeine in the world is suddenly turned into another substance. How does that affect the world?
[Mary] Howard is very sad.
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses.
[Howard] Depends on the substance.
[Brandon] You're out of excuses, now go write.
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