Revising–Obvious Needed Changes and Ones Not So Obvious
Posted by lindamartinandersen on September 28, 2015
“Revising–Obvious Needed Changes and Ones Not So Obvious” by Linda Martin Andersen
When a motel near my home changed ownership, their sign reflected the change. But it’s obvious to me it’s time for yet another change. Wouldn’t you agree?
Sometimes, the need for story revisions are just this obvious, but not always. In my current work-in-progress, I have written numerous versions of the story. I feel especially good about this one. Does that mean it’s done? Not quite. Recently, a critique partner suggested introducing a group of characters earlier in the story. Since they play a key role, she thought they should appear sooner. I definitely agree. Was this an easy task? Definitely not, but I think it improved the story. Was it an obvious need? Obviously not. Many others had critiqued this manuscript for me and never mentioned it.
From now on, as I critique my own work, I’ll ask myself what are some obvious needed changes as well as ones not so obvious?
Thanks for the inspiration nearby motel. Thanks even more for all my critique partners! Happy writing, everyone.
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