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Revision: How Important is It?
A common misconception is that established writers do not have to revise much since they know what they are doing.
That is incorrect.
Everyone needs to revise! No exceptions.
Once the idea or information is presented, then the job of "working the words" begins.
Often, revision is perceived as a tedious process.
It does take time; more time than the original draft, but that said, there is great satisfaction in finding the correct or more appropriate words and refining the meaning of the passages.
The revision doesn't stop after one attempt either.
There is value in setting aside the writing and going to something else; then, after a day or so going back and reading the piece again with fresh eyes and a clear mind. The revision will be better.
There is no specific amount of revision required. Some passages need more work than others. It depends on the writer and how adept he/she is and also how willing to write the best possible copy.
Research: How Important is It?
I am in the very long process of writing a period piece. It is an interesting part of history and I want to weave my story in that period.
What I already knew intuitively was quickly evident when I tried to begin writing...I needed to do more research on top of the tons I already had!
Research is what I need to make these characters and scenes come alive.
Each time I began a new scene or introduced a new detail, I needed that research to inform my audience about some part of life in that era. I wanted it to be as accurate as possible.
Then I realised I need to organize all that information so I can find it. Check out my Blog where I start using One Note.
At some point, I imagine I will be organized and researched enough to begin the process of writing the story once again. Wish me luck!
I love to write and learn new writing skills, as well as, find and share books on writing and writing tips...
"I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them."
- Anne Rice
This site is devoted to the love of writing, reading and researching.
The information, recommendations and tips found here are ones I have found helpful as well as encouraging and valuable on my path to becoming a better writer.
Exploring and communicating are part of the writer's journey.
The process has no distinct finish line since as writers we need to keep learning and moving on...
I am currently reading "Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" by Sarah Ban Breathnach and creating this site is part of my expression and joy.
The more I write, the more I firmly believe great writing is born out of REVISION, REVISION, REVISION. What I find interesting is that I actually enjoy the process.
Many people assume that writing is something that requires no practice whatsoever. Hmmph!
In order to improve writing skills and communicate better, one has to literally make a job out of practicing writing with no thought of completing any kind of finished work. It is absolutely necessary for a writer to "practice".
Do golfers practice their swing? Hockey players? Musicians? Painters?
Even if you never write for a living, there is value in practicing writing.
Take for instance stating your case, requesting specific information and even conveying emotion in a "love letter".
Imagine not being able to convey the depth of your emotion adequately or convey what you require?
Practicing writing will go along way to being able to communicate when it counts.
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