Anatomy of a Revision: Day 0

April 26, 2011 at 9:22 am (Anatomy of a revision)

Reread the crits, then compiled all of the edits made on the manuscripts into one manuscript. This part of the process feels a little like having strips of skin peeled off me one at a time — it’s hard to hide from these comments when I’m recopying them, and these are the instant reactions people have to the text — everything from “huh?” to “okay, I see what you’re doing, but [long explanation of why it’s not working]” to “oh God, not this again”. Each one makes me cringe a little. But I don’t want to hide from them; if I don’t face the problems with this book, it won’t get better.

Next step: put together the Big List Of What I Did Wrong.

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