Yes, you are busy revising, but now you must add to this. WHAT? Revising, reading, and revising are all part of the process. You might revise, but until you read these revisions, you will not know if your changes are as strong as they can be or if there are wasted words? Read your work like a reader and not a writer through this time. You need to recapture the feelings you had while writing your draft. Are they in place, or did the revisions take them out?
So, I’m revising my revision? Yes. Have you done enough research in your first draft? Look again and see if there are any places you might have missed. Research is vital to your fiction’s correctness. A wrong street in a certain town or the church on the right corner, when the church sits in the next block on the left corner.
But, I cannot get to all the places: too far away, not enough time, and the cost is too great. How can I get all of this correct? Go on-line and get information from the State you are writing about. These departments are willing to share their history along with maps, photos, and people willing to talk about their homeland. Do not be shy. Take any information you may receive, AND be certain you include this in your acknowledgements.
Visit the net for information, in your state and area, for weather years ago or current. What songs came from a jukebox, radio or television. Check out everything you can find. Your story takes place fifty years ago. You could destroy your creditability if you put in a current day’s song. Keep all of your research and backup material with your story as you progress from first draft to the tenth revision. This is your backup to your story, whether fiction or non-fiction. If you know the facts, you can massage the fiction.
Go back through again and check where you stop showing and begin telling the story. Make a list of these areas, and then turn off your SENSOR. Write a new paragraph to show all the possibilities for your characters. Do not apply pressure to them, only to yourself to make the characters shine. Add details, delete tell words, let your mind lead you to your character’s interest.
You will feel the release of power with the words and your revision will stand out. Your characters will show what they want and you are in the position to give them their place in your story. They will dance to get on the page. Invite them for a second dance and you will be on top of the world.
Revisions completed? Only you will know, and then you are on your way. Look at revisions as a way to improve your writing, bring new life to your characters, and give the best you have to your story.
Which are you? Don’t stammer. Don’t hem-haw. Don’t question. Why? As a writer, you are both. I can hear your comments – last post she went to the ‘otherside,’ and now is over the edge. Stop and look at these two words and. apply them as them as a writer.
What happens when an idea forms in your head and mind? You began to expand these ideas. A setting presents a possible starting point. Then, other settings form and become other possibilities. A time period pops into your thoughts along with other political happenings in this period. Maybe you see outside the box and something unknown takes over; science fiction, paranormal, or an arrival at a point of time by who knows what.
When these things happen you are the creatER of many ideas. Next, these ideas form and you may have a story. You do many avenues of research to get the right mixture of ideas and time periods. Yes, research and research, whether for fiction or non-fiction. You can massage the research in fiction, but when you write something, you’d best have the correct information. Of course, as you create, you can mix the truth with a little variation. That’s called fiction.
But, places, ideas, setting, and story are nothing without your creation of characters. Yes, you become the creatOR, when your characters become part of the story. YOU, as a writer, have to make them come alive from nothing to the power of the people who crawl into your story. You are the creator of your characters. You give them all of the outlandish ways, cunning thoughts, beautiful bodies, and maddening tempers. Then you put in wimpish movements, unknown possibilities, bright, educated, characters, and whatever else can fit your story
Now, go write the beginning of the thoughts flowing through your mind, heart and soul. Create a place for them to gather; but be the creator of how they will interact with life.
Be a CreatER. Be a CreatOR. Be the writER you want to be.