Steps Through Revision

Don’t try to revise while you work. You’ll stump the natural flow of your story and hinder your process, if you concentrate on getting everything right the first time. In the words of John Dufresne, “The purpose of the first draft is not to get it right, but to get it written”.

Once my story is complete, I go over it to make sure I don’t use the same words over again and be repetitive. I make sure the characters are described to the reader and it is consistent. I also ensure that I have not swayed from the theme or the flow of my story.

I like to read through my story several times to see if it keeps moving forward and making sure the dialogue makes sense and contributes to the storyline.

I like to make sure my protagonist has an internal or external struggle so the story is interesting. I wouldn’t want to lose focus and forget to come to a resolution, so the reader is left happy and satisfied.

Making the story interesting is putting obstacles in the way of your character. How intriguing it would be to read about the issues and the entertaining way it is resolved by your main characters?

I know that when I read a book where the character is met with so many obstacles, I am at the edge of my seat. I hope my stories end up being page turners.

J. Andrew, Writer & Book Reviewer


2 responses to “Steps Through Revision

  1. Where have you been my whole life? I’ve always been a writer, in my heart at least. I’ve always known that I have books in me, but fell into that trap of, only a few ever really make it, and can I really make a living this way, early on and it’s made me waste about 16 years of my life not writing. Well now I’m ready and yours is the first advice that actually got me off my non-writing butt and back on the keyboard, beginning with this comment. Thanks in advance for being there with me through this process. I can not believe you don’t have thousands of followers.

    • Thank you for your comment. I’m glad that I can come through for you. Spread the word, if you can. I think that everyone has a chance to make his or her dreams happen. It’s never too late.


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