Monday, March 5, 2012

Revisions: Round 1 - COMPLETE

So I've been MIA from the blogging world, but I have a good excuse. I'm pretty much a zombie as I type up this post (Sunday evening). I've been nonstop reading my pretty spiral bound copy of my WIP, scribbling notes in it, and scratching out the most ridiculous sentences I've ever seen since Thursday. But round one is DONE!

I like this method because the first round is a physical copy that I make actual physical notes. I get to slash through things with markers and mark things with stickies. I found things I forgot about, things I don't even remember writing in the first place, some things that made me scratch my chin and say WOW, I WROTE THAT? in a good way, and in an omg that's awful way too.

Now this week, I'll go back through all my pretty notes (and by pretty I mean so messy I can barely read my own writing and follow all my arrows) and implement these changes in the actual document on the computer, thus becoming the SECOND round of revisions as I read through everything again. I actually can't wait for this one. I'm hoping I cut out as much as I think I did.

How do you handle revisions? Do you do it all on the computer, or do you like to print it out and get messy with a hard copy like I do?

10 comments:

  1. I do it all on the computer because I hate paper, but the people who help me revise--agent and editors--tend to print out copies and mark them up. Then they either send me a file with track changes or the marked up ms. Good luck as you continue your revisions!

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  2. i do both. I used to have to print it off and revise, but then i made an effort to try doing it just on the PC and it got a lot easier. Sometimes i'll still print off chunks, but i no longer need to

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  3. I love printing it out! It helps me see everything better. Congrats on finishing round 1!

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  4. I think I would prefer a physical draft to mark on and highlight and things. I can't wait to finally have a real draft. How did you go about getting it all printed and spiral bound? Did you take it somewhere or do it yourself?

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  5. So glad this way is working for you! :)

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  6. Whoohoo!! Congrats on round 1! I try to do stuff by hand like that, but I hate having to go BACK through it again to change things again. So I try to just go through once on my own before I hand it off to someone to read and critique then go through a second time after that and HOPE that's it, before beta readers. To each their own!

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  7. Congrats! And that's how I revise - on the hardcopy first, and then again as I enter it into the computer.

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  8. Ashley- it's not worth the ink or the wear on my printer to print it at home. I brought the file up to OfficeMax and they printed it front and back, then did the spiral binding. Took 10 mins and cost $30. Very worth it, I think.

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  9. Good for you!! I do 90% of it on the computer. One of my later versions I'll print and mark up, but by that point there aren't many changes necessary. Keep it up! :)

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  10. I have to print my WIP out. It's harder for me to see the big picture when I don't have a printout. And I need to be able to flip through sections and connect dots and I can't do that on the computer. I will probably do my line edits on the computer, but actually revising and changing and rewriting I have to do by hand. Good luck with the rest of the process!

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