Revising is never fun, and it seems to be an ongoing learning process on discovering the best way for me to revise a current work-in-progress.
Currently, I'm working on revising based on feedback on the book, so I’m going about stuff a bit differently.
Here's what I've done:
- Printed out the feedback and made a bulleted list of the main items that need work to keep by me as I read through the book.
- Read through a printed-out version of the manuscript and made notes throughout. I rarely print out my manuscripts, but I wanted to be able to quickly go back and forth between chapters to make notes on things once an idea came to me. To make this even easier I printed out two pages per sheet and single spaced. Not only did it save paper and the small text made me read more carefully, but it made it super easy to find chapters I wanted to mark-up after the fact.
- Kept a notebook beside me as a read through the manuscript to jot down larger items that I came up with to change. Some people use post it notes, but considering my desk at work is cluttered with about 20 post it notes at a time, I was trying to organize that clutter into one paper list to make it easier on me.
- Then I’ve just been going through page-by-page to make edits and change things that need work.
- As I'm editing on the page, I keep open multiple versions of the manuscript, so it's easier for me to move things around. I recently purchased a new computer and got two monitors with it that makes this super easy!
Any tricks on revision you’d like to share?
Do you think you revise different for every book? Or is that just me?
Happy Editing everyone.
Emily, Miss Revise-a-maniac