This week’s Fix-It Friday tip comes from Nikki Tate, author of more than twenty books for young readers.
I assume I will re-write, revise, re-do, re-think, and reconsider everything I ever write. It makes me very, very nervous when a manuscript comes back with only a few suggestions from the editor because for me, re-working a piece of writing is so central to the process. So that’s part one of the tip: go beyond acceptance and embrace the opportunity to revise.
One of the most important questions I ask myself as I revise is, “Is this really necessary?” I ask that of each chapter, each character, each paragraph, and eventually, each word. Sometimes I write the same thing in three different ways, and asking that question forces me to get rid of the two unnecessary repetitions, even when they are both brilliant. Because of course, everything I write in every draft is brilliant. NOT!!
LOL! Nikki, I love both parts of your tip: embrace the opportunity to revise, and eliminate repetitive stuff. Great advice! Thanks so much.