- Seek out great critiquers who will tell you the truth.
- Don't be defensive--try to save your comments by taking notes and giving it time to sink in.
- Don't critique yourself too much on the first draft.
- Don't spend too much time on the first chapter when drafting.
- Writing plot can be learned, writing characters is much harder.
- Backstory must be leaked in sparingly so that your readers are dying to know the rest.
- Do a 'word search' to make sure you're not to repetitive. Also 'word search' your characters to check to see if they're dialogue is consistent with their characterization.
- Do your research. Try to recreate setting as best you can.
- Be patient--it's part of the game.
- Honor your instincts. Stay true to your story--if it doesn't feel right, don't do it.
- Try to develop a love for revision.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Gennifer Choldenko: Down and Dirty Revision Tips
Gennifer Choldenko, acclaimed author of Al Capone Does My Shirts, shares advice on Revision.