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When I lead workshops, most of my presentation is verbal and interactive. I speak to the audience rather than reading from a PP presentation, thus my slides are sparse. Hopefully the notes on the …

When I lead workshops, most of my presentation is verbal and interactive. I speak to the audience rather than reading from a PP presentation, thus my slides are sparse. Hopefully the notes on the slides here give writers an idea for editing/revising, but the real benefit for a writer is to attend one of my seminars to get the "live discussion."

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  • 1. Revision Sandy Lender www.authorsandylender.com
  • 2. Style Guides
    • Strunk & White
    • MLA
    • Chicago Manual of Style
    • Associated Press (for journalists)
  • 3. Why we Revise
    • We can’t trust our fingers to type what’s in our heads
    • We can’t trust our heads to tell a good story all at once
    • We’re constantly learning and improving
    • No one does it the way they want it the first time
  • 4. Revising vs Editing vs Proofreading
    • Revising is in-depth, big-picture, structural
    • When editing (a form of revision), you make changes to syntax, grammar, meaning, flow, tone, voice, sound, pace, maybe even outcome; you rearrange scenes and sentences for clarity
    • When proofreading, you check for typographical errors, usually against an original document
  • 5. Why We Can’t Rely on Word
    • Mis-use of words
    • Words with similar spellings
    • Words with similar sounds
    • http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v = OonDPGwAyfQ
  • 6. Similar Sounds Trick Us
    • FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.
    • Count the fs
  • 7. Why We Need Editing Partners
    • Seeing our own mistakes is difficult
    • We start to play “the movie”
    • We love our characters (Peter Jackson and King Kong—didn’t cut his darlings)
  • 8. Tips for Editing
    • Make character index cards when writing; use these when editing to be sure MC always has blue eyes, etc. (esp. good for secondary characters; place descriptions)
    • Ask your publishing house for a style manual/guide/sheet if they have one
    • Use critique partners/test readers (also called beta readers)
    • Watch out for large type
    • DO NOT PROOFREAD ON THE SCREEN
    • Give MS breathing time
    • See handout for things to check when editing
  • 9. Fire Questions at me…
    • www.AuthorSandyLender.com
    • http://twitter.com/sandylender
    • www.TodayTheDragonWins.blogspot.com
    • www.NightWolfPublications.com
    • Reading in the Davos room tonight at 6:10