Welcome to the seventh installment of the How I Write series, brainchild of Ansha Kotyk. A group of writers are writing about how we write – scheduled for Wednesdays through August. Please check back weekly. And click here for the list of all the writers participating and links to their blogs.
Today's topic: Revision
Newsflash: I love revision. This is what I live for--getting to the point where I can revise. I often break a cardinal writer's rule and start revising before I even get to the end. ::gasp:: Anyone else do that? Revise as you go?
When I'm really ready to dive into major revision, I usually spend some time looking at passive/active voice issues--making sure I've used the strongest words possible, making sure my sentence structure is varied and interesting. I might read some books on craft and see if I'm hitting all the plot points I should be. I might read out loud a bit to make sure my dialogue is working.
I had one major plot
I decided to scrap the whole plot line--bye bye 15k words. Started over pretty much. But it helped me know my characters better, their motivation, their personalities--even though that stuff didn't happen. That was major revision.
Keep in mind I've only finished one novel...so some of these strategies might be different with WIP #2. But still, I seriously love revision.
Am I the only one?