REVISION

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02 Dec

REVISION

You’re down to the final week before the reading.  You’re going to go back through your story, read it out loud, tell it to yourself.  If you stumble, if it feels funny in your mouth, or to your ear, stop.  Something is wrong.  Rewrite that bit.  Read it again.  Better?  Not quite? Tweak a word, flip something around.  Keep reading and rereading, keep revising. Roald Dahl, one of my favorite writers, and many of yours, I imagine, said: “By the time I am nearing the end of a story, the first part will have been reread and altered and corrected at least one hundred and fifty times. I am suspicious of both facility and speed. Good writing is essentially rewriting. I am positive of this.” And, if you’re going to be thorough about it, go through the following checklist one-by-one.  Remember, no one write perfect first drafts.  Your story will be so much better if you take this time now. Revision and Editing Checklist

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