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Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Posting first Wednesday of every month YOU can sign up HERE to find out more about the purpose of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh.

Let's give our co-hosts  a warm welcome! 
Allison Gammons,
Tamara Narayan, 
Eva E. Solar, 
Rachel Pattison, 
and Ann V. Friend!

In an effort to keep these posts short I will be sharing a quote. 

Gaiman, Neil (2007) Today's quote is from Neil Gaiman:
“The best advice I can give on this is, once it's done, to put it away until you can read it with new eyes. When you're ready, pick it up and read it, as if you've never read it before. If there are things you aren't satisfied with as a reader, go in and fix them as a writer: that's revision."

I don't know about you, but I struggle with revisions. My attitude about them is getting better, but still, I struggle.

 Is revising something you enjoy or something you dread? Something you resign yourself to or something that excites you?


  1. I love revising, maybe because I had to do it so much on my first manuscript. Totally agree that it helps to put it away for awhile first.

  2. I enjoy both. Revisions are fun because it's like a brand new story.

  3. For me it's during the revision that the true gem lies. I love revisions. My first draft is the bones, the revision is the muscle, and the edits the skin. Or something like that :)

  4. Love the first draft. The story is new, exciting. Revising is a chore.

  5. I'll trade you. I hate first drafts but enjoy revisions.

  6. Hi,
    I struggle with the middle section when i am in the revising mode. I don't know why, but I struggle.

  7. My problem with revisions is knowing when enough is enough.

  8. Hi Bish - sounds like you know what to do .. now to just do it! Good luck .. cheers Hilary

  9. That's really good advice. I find that if I've left a story for a long time, once I go back to it I can see what needs improving more than if I've just written it.

  10. The writing process always has a spot that terrifies or annoys us. Power through, have beta readers and if necessary or possible, hire a professional.

  11. I used to dread revisions but now I enjoy them. Actually, I started to enjoy them when I started following the advice of putting it away and then reading it after letting it sit. I find all the holes I left and so many weak scenes....

  12. Revisions make me ill. What I thot was excellent turns into mush.

  13. I love Neil's advice. He's so quotable. I especially love the commencement address he gave a few years ago. Fabulous advice. He's also a great speaker.

  14. Neil Gaiman is my favorite. Good advice. I'll have to give it try because I'm horrible with revising. It seems like this long, drawn-out process *sigh*

  15. Love this entire idea. Plus, I love Neil Gaiman ;D

  16. I love revision.
    I hate first drafts. Until they are done, I don't know if they are possible. Once a story is written, I can always make it better.


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