Sunday, July 5, 2015

The receding goal line of revision

There's nothing like thinking that a manuscript just needs one more light pass, and realizing it needs a slow, heavy pass. One that digs into the emotions in each scene, amps up the details, reminds us that we have five senses. One that raises important questions in each scene, heightens the tension, and strengthens the voice.

Yeah, I'll be busy.


  1. All wonderful points, Jennifer! In trying to make sense of my memoir about attending college as a mother of 5, I starting to see that I need to redraft the whole confounded thing. Nuts!

    1. It often happens. Sometimes we realize the book needs to be written from a different point of view, or the chapters need to be rearranged ... argh!
      Good luck!