Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Revising Your Writing

Hello Writers!

Revision can sometimes be a difficult and confusing process. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of guides and articles about revising and workshopping. Now matter how difficult the process is for you, remember that revising is just a way of making your work better.

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Revision Matters: Techniques to Polish a Novel or Short Story

Here is a step by step guide about revising your work before taking it to workshop. This guide offers specific examples of things to look for such as "deadly" adverbs or how to notice if you are telling instead of showing.

5 Easy Steps to Become Your Own Best Editor
Revising and editing your own work can seem daunting, but use these five simple steps to help make sense of the madness. Once you've learned how to clean up your own writing, you're not only better prepared to improve your own writing, but you will also be a better member of your workshopping group.

Techniques for Editing Your Own Work
Here is another good article about editing your own work. The author includes a list of things that may be damaging the quality of your work and it also has some suggestions about how to edit. The author cleverly suggests using different color pens to correct different problems such as using green only to correct dialogue.

The Largest Collection of Cliches and Overused Phrases/Sayings
We want to avoid cliches in our writing, but sometimes it hard to know whether something is cliche or not. This site offers an extensive list of phrases in alphabetical order. If you find something on this list in your writing, you don't necessarily need to get rid of it, but try to put a fresh spin on it.

Revision Strategies from the Fred Meijer Center for Writing
Here are a few quick steps to take when you don't know where to start revising.

Tips for Critiquing Other Writers’ Work
Working with other writers is a great way to get feedback from people who understand the creative process, but there are a few things to consider when giving others criticism. Follow the guidelines set out by this article and you may find yourself a group of writing friends that will last a lifetime.

How to Give Feedback at a Writing Workshop
Here is some more advice about how to give feedback about other people's writing. When you try hard to help others, they will try hard to help you.

How To Take Criticism
If you want to be a published writer, you have to learn to accept criticism. Everyone has an opinion and they are going to share it with you whether or not you ask for it. This article will help you cope with having your work criticized and give you steps to better yourself.

Protagonize: An Online Writing Community
If you are looking for an online writing community, check out this website. Originally, this site was used by writers wanting to create collaborative pieces but is has expanded to allow you to write traditionally and share you work with other writes. You can post here or join up just to read the work of other current writers. Seems like a lot of fun.

Critical Analysis in Creative Writing Workshops
This article is about the pros and cons of writing workshops (both online and in-person). This link focuses on fiction/prose workshops but it does mention word choice, which should be of interest to you poets out there. Also, the article includes a list of workshop forums that are available online. Some on the list have membership fees while others are free. Check it out.

The Red Pen Effect
How do you feel when you see red marks on your work? If red ink makes you feel more upset than blue, you are not alone. The color red is associated with anger, aggressiveness, and critiques.

Font Size Matters
This is a research paper about the psychological effect of text. According to the article, larger sized fonts elicit more of a reaction than small sized fonts. This is an important thing to think about when polishing your work.

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