Who wouldn’t want a step-by-step process for revision? In her book Intuitive Editing, this week’s guest, developmental editor Tiffany Yates Martin, lays out an approach that will help keep you organized, although sadly there is no magic wand involved. We talked to her about the big picture questions she asks before diving into someone else’s work:
Is the main story question clear?
Do the characters drive the story?
Do we/the characters end up somewhere different than where we began?
Where does the momentum flag (because it will, somewhere) and why?
Then we deep dive into questions of finding objectivity in your own work, micro-suspense, suspense vs. tension, writing manuals and—most important of all—how important it is to know that all first drafts are terrible and revision is part of the work.
A few links from the pod
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
How to Grow a Novel by Sol Stein
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
Tiffany: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
KJ: Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo
Sarina: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
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