The Writers Circle: Revision Survival Strategies

One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

We all need to revise our works after completing the first drafts. Many writers find this to be a much more difficult task than writing the first drat was.  What survival tactics, strategies or tools do you use to not only make revision easier, but also to make it something you do not avoid doing?

Let’s discuss this in the comments and see what our community thinks.


9 thoughts on “The Writers Circle: Revision Survival Strategies

  1. I get my friends and husband involved to get their input. Then they’re more likely to ask how the revisions are going and keep me accountable!

  2. I find the ‘accountability’ idea is better suited to me personally as I tend to work better when under some kind of pressure. Arun

  3. I start in the middle, at odd places in the book, see if it still flows. Then, rather than concentrating on plot flow and character develop, all I’m looking at is writing conventions–pacing, synergy, that sort.

  4. I just finished a mystery fiction class and have the outline for my novel. My problem is I can’t decide what viewpoint to write it in. Any suggestions?

  5. I always print my first draft and read it in ‘book form’. This brings out any mistakes, typos or inconsistencies 😉

  6. I leave my draft for about 10 minutes then focus on other things.
    When I return to the draft, I have a different perspective and I can see the mistakes clearer.

  7. I stick it rough drafts in a drawer and start on the next project. However, after 40 years of this, I would like to publish some of it but I can’t bring myself to read it because the mistakes of my younger self are so glaring. So for my current project I have asked friend to act as editor and proofreader.By regularly sending her chapters I hoping to bring this one to fruition.

    • Good luck! I hope it works out for you.

      As for those old manuscripts in the drawer… don’t sell them too short. I’ve done the same thing many times and I cringe when I go back and read some of it, but usually if I can keep the self-awareness at bay a little bit I can find some nugget that’s worth pulling out of the dusty old pages and putting into a new work.

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