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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 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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Revision

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

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