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A Revelation [Sep. 5th, 2007|08:34 am]
Silicon Rose
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I've never seriously revised anything before. I have revised things for grammar and spelling, but I have never revised for plot, characterization, consistency of theme, and overall perfection of language. I have talked about how reading manga and reading simple books in Japanese are completely different skills, but I completely overlooked how that applied to my writing. Of course it's hard. I don't have any experience in it.

This also explains why I tend to try to rewrite from scratch instead of actually revising. I have a hammer, and when faced by a screw, the first thing I think of is that the screw looks a lot like a nail. I fail to realize that what I need is a screwdriver.

It looks like I'm going to have to learn to use a screwdriver.

[User Picture]From: froborr
2007-09-05 05:08 pm (UTC)
It is, indeed, a very different skill. I've never seriously revised a long work because, well, I've never finished the first draft of a long work, but I've seriously revised short fiction, and it's very much more nitpicky and painstaking than writing. I had the advantage of having seriously revised other people's work before I started revising my own, but it's still a separate skill that I'm still learning side-by-side with writing.
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[User Picture]From: dragonoflife
2007-09-05 05:33 pm (UTC)
As a rule, I tend to revise "on the fly", which is to say I will generally ensure what I have written is the best I can produce at the time. I also tend to review what I've written whenever I come back to writing.

My major revisions are always for content, usually excisions.
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