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VLOG: How To Revise Without Going Crazy

Wednesday, 6 July 2016  |  Posted by Nikki Roberti

Big revisions can often equal BIG stress. And when you have to make the kind of changes that feel like you’re writing an entirely different book, you may feel like you’re about to crack. With Pitch Wars coming up, it’s important to mentally prepare for the revision of your life! Here are a couple of tips to help you get in the right mindset so you can be your most productive revising self yet!

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  • Janice Hampton says:

    This couldn’t be more timely. I’ve been hard at work revising my first book. So much so I’ve decided to set it aside for the next five weeks and focus on a new idea I’ve been playing with.

    On the revising front I feel like it’s like driving a car in circles. Just when I think I’ve got it all ironed out, I let someone else critique it and I feel like all my work has been wasted. So I’m circling and circling and circling around the same issues.

  • Cindy says:

    this is good. I hate it, and could’ve used it oh say, four years ago? But, within all my revisions since then, my characters took on flesh and blood. And you are right, we are a community of like-minded psych ward material writers who need each other. That or Prozac … 🙂

    Now it’s time to go back … slice a few characters and then a scene or a million.. Great advice!

  • I love Nikki’s suggestions! Rethinking characters, plot points / scenes, really considering WHAT IF YOU HAD TO CHANGE THAT?! is as liberating as it is terrifying. It shows us how much control and freedom we really have when we write. Nothing HAS to be any way, it’s just what we want it to be. And maybe my first idea / thought isn’t the best idea / thought. If I really want my novel to be the best it can be, I have to be willing to consider it isn’t there yet. And maybe the change I refuse to consider is the change that makes it all click. Hmm…this is intense but empowering thinking. Thanks Nikki!

  • Lucille Lantz says:

    Great article and at the most perfect time too. I am in process of editing or should I say practically rewriting a MG historical fiction. (based on family stories and historical fact). What started as an early reader has grown over the past few months. Each time I explore the history of the 1925-1941 span I find more to add. At one point I put the entire ms to the side, I didn’t even want to look at it. So thanks for the inspiration.

  • Bobbie says:

    Very useful advice!

  • Jolie Vines says:

    Useful advice and timely – am in the process and am aiming to get a better iteration in time for August #pitchwars deadline. My main problems are that I’m far too close to the story to be objective easily, and that I’m constantly dreaming up tweaks and issues. Revising feels like it could never end!

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