A to Z Challenge: X Things to Remember

Today I’m just going to do ten things worth remembering in edits/revisions. Yes, I know. Genius use of the letter X.



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i) Always take time away from your ms before starting an editing/revision round.
ii) Crit partners can be the difference between an okay ms and an excellent one.
iii) Parents, best friends and other family members are great for support, but not for critiquing.
iv) Edits/revisions are a lot of work, but are rewarding. But only if you remind yourself of this fact.
v) Know where the story is headed by revisions.
vi) Revise first, then edit, starting with the big things before going to the small.
vii) Make sure you keep the original of every edit round before you edit. If you don’t like the new changes, you can track back.
viii) If your written words look like gibberish, it’s time for a break.
ix) No matter what someone says in a crit, you know more about what’s right for your story. Go with your gut.
x) Yes. Edits do come to an end. Promise.

What’s your advice when it comes to edits?

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13 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: X Things to Remember

  1. When in doubt, cut it out. When I'm not 100% sold on a word/sentence/scene, then it's no longer needed. Snip! Also, I like Stephen King's advice of cutting at least 10% of your ms. Getting to the point or action faster is often times better.

  2. Excellent tips, Misha. When it comes to editing, knowing when to stop is critical. I have sometimes edited a piece to the point that it died of dissection!

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