Monday, December 23, 2013

Revision Is Half The Battle

Good writers compose sentences. Great writers craft language.

One thing you will find plenty of on this blog is advice on how to edit your manuscript. Tight editing can make all the difference. It is important if you decide to submit to agents and editors. It is essential if you decide to go the independent route.

Here are a few of my favorite posts on revision.

Self-Editing One Step at a Time: How to Identify Dragging Narrative

Self-Editing One Step at a Time: Fine-Tuning Sentence Structure

Top Ten Things I Know About Editing

Self-Editing One Step at a Time: Analyzing Sentences for Redundancy and Wordiness

Self-Editing One Step at a Time: Cleaning Up Those Dialogue Tags

I created Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers to collate all of the advice I had collected on how to revise my own work. This book will not turn you into a professional editor. It will, however, help you present the cleanest and tightest manuscript to your agent or editor. If you self-publish, it is a critique partner that helps you polish your work.

We examine common plot holes. We identify speed bumps that affect the readers' enjoyment of the ride you are taking them on. We explore rhetorical devices and how to use them to craft expert-level cumulative sentences. We spend a little time proofreading.

Revision is the most time-consuming, mind-numbing, aggravating part of writing a book. Taking it one step at a time gets you through it and keeps you from burning the manuscript. You’ll be tempted to quit and go spearfishing in Fiji. It only delays the inevitable.

Life is too short for bad fiction.

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Story Building Blocks III Revision ebook

Diana Hurwitz is the author of Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict, Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict, Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers, and the YA adventure series Mythikas Island. Her weekly blog, Game On: Crafting Believable Conflict explores how characters behave and misbehave. Visit for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. I added this to my wishlist of books I suggest to editing customers. :)

  2. Good writers compose sentences. Great writers craft language. This is worthy of repetition, which is why I repeated it. Remember that crafting language should be an integral part of self-editing, so be sure to include that element when you're getting you manuscript ready to go to your editor.

  3. Well, darn, Linda beat me to the quote. LOL. I think we should all tape a copy of that on a wall in our offices, preferably in a place where we see it every day.

  4. I'm not only revising my old manuscript, but also continuing onward to the finish line!

    Morgan Mandel


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