Posted by: anitanolan | August 16, 2010

Whew! I Did It!

It took a little longer than I’d hoped, but I’m at last done with the first draft of my MG Humorous Mystery.

Now, to revise. I feel like writing the first draft is like pulling my heart out through my throat, but I love revising. I’ve developed an organized method of revising. I teach revision workshops based on this method, (most recently at the NJ SCBWI conference in June, and at the PennWriters Conference in May) and I wrote an article about my revising technique for Sprouts.

Cheryl Klein mentioned this article on her blog a couple of years ago, saying “It is the best list of practical writing and rewriting tips I have seen in a very long time, or possibly ever.” High praise from an amazing editor. (Here’s a link to Cheryl’s blog.)

So, I’ll be using these techniques as I revise. I’m looking forward to it.

You can read the article on my website here.

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Responses

  1. Anita, congratulations on reaching the end of your first draft!

    And thanks for those revision notes. I’ve bookmarked them for when I finish MY first draft!

    • Thanks! I hope the revision info helps. Once I thought that up, it really helped my writing.

      anita

  2. Oh, congrats, Anita! What a feeling of accomplishment, huh? And I still have the handout from your workshop at the conference. Great stuff, Anita 🙂 Thanks and enjoy rewriting. I love revision too!
    Donna

    • Thanks Donna!

      anita


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