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Revision Thought for the Day: Why a Checklist is a Good Idea

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Revision Thought for the Day: Why a Checklist is a Good Idea

First, watch this. It’s only a minute long. You know you want to…!

I think this video presents a valuable lesson for writers as well as for its intended audience: that is, when you revise and rewrite, you can’t see what you’re not looking for.

What areas do you need to double-check when you rewrite? I like to make several passes through a manuscript, paying attention to different details each time through, details such as:

  • Sensory detail
  • Character arc
  • Continuity
  • Plot arc
  • Language, grammar, & style
  • Chapter endings—do they end with a cliffhanger?
  • Do my characters appear at reasonable intervals throughout the book?
  • Any plot details or backstory I need to fill in?

There are plenty of “revision checklists” out there to provide you with food for thought. The important thing is that you make a checklist that works for you and your story, so you can make sure you don’t miss any important details in your rewrite.

Happy rewriting!

:) Cheryl

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At February 10, 2010 at 6:28 PM , Blogger Yat-Yee said...

And here I thought I was being so observant and getting the right answer. Bet if that bear had been white, I'd have noticed it!

I am thick in the middle of an overall edit so this is very timely. Thanks.

 
At February 11, 2010 at 8:25 AM , Blogger Cheryl Reif said...

:) It's tricky, isn't it?! Happy rewriting!

 

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