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The Revision Process

Okay. My five years are up. No more researching. No more squeezing words from my brain. My manuscript is done but not complete. Here comes the second step: editing. Or as I like to refer to it: slash and burn baby.

Kill those adverbs (thanks Mark Twain). Dig for stronger verbs. Give those passive verbs a shot of espresso and turn them active. Wince at anachronisms. Make dialogue ‘ear worthy’.

Whew! I have work to do.

Books to help me along:
Elizabeth Lyon. Manuscript Makeover. New York: Pengin Books, 2008.
Jessica Page Morrell. Thanks, But This Isn’t for Us. New York: Penguin Group, 2009.
James Alexander Thom. The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 2010.
Persia Woolley. How to Write and Sell Historical Fiction. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1997.

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