Revising and Layering: The (Often Very Tedious) Stuff That Makes Your Story COME ALIVE

Dan’s blog is always brimming with good advice and provocative questions…here’s a sample

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Nobody likes revising, okay?

Nobody.

Until you see how good it makes your story, and then

well, you still won’t like revising.

Because nobody does.

But if you do something enough times, it can become a habit, and that means if you torture yourself with enough revisions, you will eventually incorporate that stuff into your first draft. Or more of it, anyway, and that’s totally worth the lesson you’re about to get today.

I read the following scene in a manuscript I edited a while back.

(The names have been changed.) It’s a great story, and this is a really good scene, but you can see the places where it’s just kinda missing something.

It felt rushed, because it probably was rushed – in a good way.

The author was probably excited about the scene and was moving quick.

Good.

The reader will be moving…

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