Real revision nescbwi

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Real revision nescbwi

  1. 1. NESCBWIWorkshopKate MessnerMay 2, 2013http://www.katemessner.com
  2. 2. TimetoWrite!
  3. 3. WHAT REVISION ISN’T… Spell Checking Hiring a professional editor Solitary A process with a singlecorrect solution or end point
  4. 4. http://devilduck.tumblr.com/post/3834151230
  5. 5. http://devilduck.tumblr.com/post/3834151230
  6. 6. WHAT REVISION ISFinding & Strengtheningthe Heart of a project
  7. 7. My book is about_________________________________________________________________________________________.(But underneath that, it’s reallyabout__________________________________________________________________________________________.
  8. 8. My book is about three kidswhose families are part of asecret society to protect theworld’s artifacts & they goracing through the Costa Ricarainforest, searching for a lostsociety artifact.But underneath that, it’s reallyabout the things we choose tohide…and the reasons wechoose to hide them.
  9. 9. My book is about a futureworld where killer tornadoesare widespread and four kidsat a science camp who aretrying to stop them butdiscover a terrifying secret.But underneath that, it’s reallyabout using your powers forgood.
  10. 10. My book is about_________________________________________________________________________________________.(But underneath that, it’s reallyabout__________________________________________________________________________________________.
  11. 11. WHAT REVISION ISBrainstormingFree-Writing(and maybestarting over)
  12. 12. Princess MartyFrog-Slimeand theNutcracker Ballet
  13. 13. Confessions of aSea Monster
  14. 14. “Well…This isfunny. But itsounds more likea New Yorkercartoon than abook for kids.”
  15. 15. Reconsideringa character’smotivation
  16. 16. What ifthingsturned outdifferently?
  17. 17. TwoBooks inOne?
  18. 18. Who’sthat guygirl?
  19. 19. The Giftof aCrashedHardDrive…
  20. 20. Consideringdifferentformats
  21. 21. Draft 1Draft 2 Draft 3 Draft 4
  22. 22. WHAT REVISION IS65 Off-Draft WritingPrompts to Jump-Start Revision
  23. 23. Write ametaphor-poemdescribingone of yourcharacters,in anothercharacter’svoice.Thanks, Kelly Fineman!
  24. 24. Write a metaphor-poemdescribing one ofyourcharacters, inanothercharacter’s voice.Thanks, Kelly Fineman!
  25. 25. WHAT REVISION ISRaising the Stakes
  26. 26. MENTOR TEXTS
  27. 27. How couldmy maincharactermakehis/hersituationworse?
  28. 28. What actionsmight your maincharacter take tomake his/hersituation worsebefore he or shemakes it better?
  29. 29. WHAT REVISION ISCharts, maps, timelines, &outlines
  30. 30. More Ideas…• Map the setting – note importantevents• Chapter by chapter timelines• Plot charts with rising/falling action• Outline (after writing) to identifyweak chapters
  31. 31. Big-Picture Story Chart -What characters,settings, objects, jokes,themes, and threads areimportant in yourproject? Are theywoven consistentlythroughout the text?
  32. 32. What elements willbe included on yourBig-Picture StoryChart?• Characters• Objects• Running jokes• Themes• Threads
  33. 33. WHAT REVISION ISReturning to Research
  34. 34. WHAT REVISION ISDetails and Word ChoiceBe specific.Be surprising.
  35. 35. Look for delicious details
  36. 36. Look for delicious details
  37. 37. Google Maps – Street View
  38. 38. Role Play!Replace Tired BodyLanguage
  39. 39. Role Play!Replace Tired Body LanguageANGRYFRUSTRATEDANXIOUSSCAREDJOYFUL-EXCITEDDEPRESSED
  40. 40. WHAT REVISION ISBeing a Word Ninja
  41. 41. Young Readers areSmartDon’t keep repeatingyour points to make surethey “get it.”
  42. 42. veryreallyjustthat“whatlookedlike”
  43. 43. JUSTANDRATHERBEGAN TOASTHOUGHTHENBUTALWAYSIN THATMOMENTSOA BITI GUESSMAYBETHATVERYREALLY
  44. 44. Watch for “Pet Stories”• Cute things your kidsdo/say• Your favorite sayings,places, devices• Personal stories (thatshould stay personal)
  45. 45. Brainstorm: Whatwords, phrases, &pet stories are onyour personal“MOST WANTED”list?
  46. 46. WHAT REVISION ISBeing Social-Critique Groups/Partners-Crowd-Sourcing Solutions
  47. 47. Hey….What would youcall that little containerwhere you keep contactlenses when you’re notwearing them? A jar?
  48. 48. Calling on KidsPost-It Note CritiquesORANGE = “I LOVE THIS!”GREEN = “I’M BORED.”YELLOW=“I’M CONFUSED”
  49. 49. WHAT REVISION ISTechnology Toolsof the Trade
  50. 50. Scrivenerhttp://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php
  51. 51. WHAT REVISION ISFinding the Right Title
  52. 52. WHAT REVISION ISFinding the Right TitleHighlight great phrasesCrowd-sourceCut-it-Up & Mix-it-Up
  53. 53. WHAT REVISION ISMaking Lists……and getting to work!
  54. 54. What’s on yourrevision to-do listnow?
  55. 55. QUESTIONS?
  56. 56. NESCBWIWorkshopKate MessnerMay 2, 2013http://www.katemessner.com

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