The next step in the 10-point revision plan I learned at the Muse and Marketplace conference! Step 7: Lather, Rinse, Repeat — Once you finish going through the first six steps, do it again. And again. And again until you’ve read the manuscript so many times you can recite all 300 pages from memory. The speaker at this workshop, Ann Hood, revised her recent work 35 times before it was ready. And she’s a professional.
Shelley Watters is running another fabulous blog contest with an agent critique as the prize! By now, you know my love of all things contest-y so naturally, I entered. Please help me polish my first page of CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE CYBORG for the official entry on May 31! I’d love to hear what you think.
The next step in the 10-point revision plan I learned at the Muse and Marketplace conference! Step 6: Seven Deadly Words. Go through your manuscript and highlight every occurrence of the following words: VERY, SUDDENLY, SO, LOOK, TURN, SMILE, NOD. Shocking how often they appear, isn’t?
The next step in the 10-point revision plan I learned at the Muse and Marketplace conference!
Step 5: Large Things That Seem Small.
Grammar — If you don’t have a firm grasp on basic grammar, it will show from page 1. When you’re ready to submit your work to agents and editors, grammatical errors will likely land you in the rejection pile. They want polished, considered material, not something that looks like you dashed it off last night.
Step 4: The BIG Stuff.
1) The Beginning. What do they want? 2) The Ending. Did they get what they want? 3) The Setting. Where does each scene take place? 4) The Characters. Whose journey are we on?