Posts Tagged: revision

What is finished?

I am reminded so, so, so, so often that for a writer, finished is a celebratory word that doesn’t translate well into the rest of society.

me: “I finished my novel!”

someone who is not a writer: “Oh wow that’s great! When can I buy it?”


So never mind … Read More

On My Desk Monday (or couch I guess)

With historical fiction, even in revision there is plenty to look up.


At this stage, it’s a lot of targeted research. Looking up some specific detail I need like the cost of something or the way someone would do something back then or – as is the case for … Read More


Sometimes I hate revision.

But not always.

Right now I’m in the middle of revising a novel and the revision is actually…fun! I think because I’ve fixed (I think) the big picture things and now I have this checklist of small changes to make. It feels good to go … Read More

In Which I Whine About Revision


Excuse me while I take this opportunity to whine.


Early Revision is overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start. I’m someone who reads through a draft and sees all the little things – the line level edits that I want to make. It’s excruciatingly difficult to ignore … Read More