There are a lot of guides around the web for drafting, brainstorming, and actually writing, but I feel like there’s less about an equally important aspect of a writer’s life: Revision. That’s why I’ve compiled some of my favorite guides for revision here. Peruse, take what you need, and get going on those edits!
For those of you who like to productively procrastinate while as part of your revision process (let’s face it, who among us does not?), this little handy guide can help you set up your writing space. Get organized and get going!
K.M. Weiland is one of my favorite bloggers in the writing circle. In this post, she walks you through the steps of coming to terms with the mess your draft is, and then she gives you recommendations for moving forward. Fabulous, fabulous guides in this post!
This method was recommended to me by my agent, Amber of Skylark Literary. It’s a great thorough guide for getting your thoughts in order and seeing what needs to change. For instance, you might come across a plot hole or other gap in the story. I have used this method before and found it very helpful in taking a mess of a draft into something shiny and polished. Speaking of…
When it’s time to start, using lists like this will make your job a bit easier. Editing at a sentence level normally comes later in the revision cycle, but it’s a vital part of the process.
I’m personally not convinced that you can go through one round of edits and arrive at the final draft, but this guide is very detailed, thorough, and helpful. As always, adjust what you read here (or anywhere on the internet) to your personal preferences as a writer. You’ll always need to adjust whatever advice you here to match your style (or your project’s–some need different treatment than others!).
(Chuck Wendig’s hilarious (but NSFW) post is also a great guide.)
BONUS: Things I’ve Written About Revising
In case it is helpful, here are other entries I’ve posted around the web:
- The Madwoman’s Revision Technique
- The Madwoman’s Tips For Making Revision Fun
- Chapter Revision Checklist
- How to Identify and Cut Your Crutch Words
What resources do you turn to when you need to start revising?