Revising Song of the Day: “Again” by Janet Jackson
As you all may know (b/c you are our loving and loyal followers) Pam and I have completed manuscripts. Pam has just finished her fourth round of revisions for Wants, and I am still teaching myself how to revise In Limbo (my beta reader…Pam, is working her magic now!). It is almost too perfect that we set in on a revision session during the SCBWI Mid Atlantic conference this weekend.
- Complete the first draft. (duh)
- Save the first draft as…well, first draft. Or you can use alphabets (my personal fave) for example, my first draft of In Limbo is called In LimboA. After Pam gives me feedback, I’ll open a new document and call that In LimboB.
- Put away the first draft for a while.
- Take it out of it’s hiding spot and look at it with a fresh pair of eyes.
- Now while you look at your first draft consider the important questions that you learned in elementary school…who, what, where, when, why, and how.
- Ask yourself and make sure it is conveyed who your characters are, and why the reader should care about them, what is happening in your story, where and when is it happening, why does your character do what they do (what are the stakes) and finally how are you telling your story (what is the POV, do you have good voice, what tense)?