I'm 38% done with my first round of revisions. Here are a few of the big issues so far:
- Tense switches back and forth between past and present (ugh!).
- Passive voice (mostly in the first pages).
- Fragmenty *thought* talk. In the first quarter of the book, I explain waaaayyy too much thought!
I'm using a couple of books to help me through the revision process (one is still on order). Thanks, But This Isn't For Us: A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected by Jessica Page Morrell. If you invest in one book to help you write / rewrite a fantastic story, this would be a great addition to your writing tools! I'm only on page 83 and I've learned a wealth of information so far. Jessica Morrell also blogs at:
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Who wouldn't be intrigued with chapter titles such as:
Chap. 4 Striptease: Stirring in Suspense
Chap. 5 Blood, Roses, and Mosquitoes: Writing from the Senses
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For now, while I stumble my way through this first round of revisions, I decided to come up with a color-coded legend. This could be done on a hard copy of your ms with colored highlighters or on the computer using the highlight function in Word.
My first round of revisions will consist of reading and marking what doesn't work. Cutting / changing / editing text will come with the next round. This one is just for red flags. I'd like to share my legend with you:
Pink: cut or delete text
Blue: move X [quick note about where]
Green: add more here
Yellow: caution! Something is not working here
Orange / Red: Awkward word, phrase or tense issue
So far, it seems to be going smoothly. My inner editor, which usually has a loud mouth is wearing duct tape at the moment.
How about you? Any preferences when it comes to revisions? Care to share?