Today’s Guest Blogger is Linda Lee Williams, with a look at how she tackles writing a first draft, and then revising it. You go, Linda! 🙂
Revision: To See Again…
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Prachett
I’m an author who spews from the heart. When I’m finished with my first draft, I have quite a mess to clean up. The task to refashion the story seems daunting. Over the years, I’ve learned how to manage the chore. It’s impossible to do everything the first time around. Multiple revisions are required before a book takes form. Here’s how I tackle the project.
After a “cooling period,” I read the printed manuscript. I note where the story drags or the plot falters. Then I start pruning, beginning with introspection—too much “internal monologue.” It took me a while, but I figured out that readers don’t…
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