Wednesday, February 13, 2013



If you have been hanging around this blog for the past few weeks, you've probably heard me mention that I'm in the revision process. During my journey through these murky uncharted (by me) waters, I'm discovering many new things about myself and the writing process. Things I'm adding to my Writer's Toolbox for future use. Which made me wonder, "What do other writer's have in their toolbox?"

Do you have a toolbox full of trusted tips and tricks that have helped turn your WIP into a finished novel? What are they? Favorite websites you read and visit before and/or during the process? Books full of notes and highlighting, that you refer to as you sail the revision seas? Beta readers whose comments you hold in high esteem? All of the above? Inquiring minds (at least one) want to know. What tools have you found successful during the revision process?

14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have a couple test readers and critique partners who rock. They find so much that I miss.

Julie Luek said...

I don't have any new or stunning suggestions but will be back to see what others contribute. Good question.

D.G. Hudson said...

Hi Jenn, I use Joseph S. Bell's books, esp. Revision and Self-Editing, and Don Maass' book, the Fire in Fiction. Good Luck!

I've reviewed them both on my Book Review Page Tab on my blog if you're interested.
http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/p/book-reviews.html

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Alex, critique partners are gifts from heaven. I would be lost without them.

Julie, I am looking forward to reading the comments. There are some brilliant minds out there.

D.G., I have a copy of James Scott Bell's Revision book on my desk right now. I'm going to check out your post and the Fire in Fiction book. Thanks!

Johanna Garth said...

Maybe not anything so precise as a toolbox, but with each novel I write I find myself more adept...I think it's just a practice thing.

Sherry Ellis said...

Critique partners have always been very helpful to me. I've never heard of James Scott Bell's book. I might have to check it out.

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

I have sweated much blood, sweat and tears over my first novel. My only advice to you is to say, learn from your mistakes. You will not require a folder or any additional tools, they will be etched in your mind forever!

M. J. Joachim said...

Google tricks...define:word, synonym:word, antonym:word (works wonderfully).

Taking the dog for a walk or going out and fiddling in my garden...step away from the computer to re-energize the soul. You know when you need to do this. There is no getting around it, and writer's block is a non-issue if you're faithful to this practice.

Breathe! You're a mom now, and every mother knows you need to breathe. Things won't always go as you expect. Some things will scare the daylights out of you! You'll undoubtedly find out there were things you worried about without cause. Stay calm and breathe!

Elise Fallson said...

I wish I had some amazing advice to share, but all I have is a good friend who is editing my work. Good critique partners are so important I think. Good luck with the revisions, it can be difficult at times but it's so nice to see the ms shine after a good polish. (:

Medeia Sharif said...

I have beta readers I always turn to. Also, I saved some things I came across in conferences and on blogs in regards to planning, since I'm a plotter.

Paige Lollie said...

Hey! I'm a new follower. I really am liking your blog posts and I saw you were about to reach your 200th follower (early congrats on that!) and before you reached such an achievement I wanted to nominate you the Liebster Award! Please come by and get it when you can. :)

Though I am not yet finished with the revision process, it's a great help to have a notebook/journal to hand-write things out and take a break from the computer-screen. Changing my scenery is good, keep things fresh and different. Having novels like "The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing" is also very helpful!

Marcia said...

I make a list of things I know I'm going to have to address as I'm finishing the draft. I also write notes to myself in the margins. Another thing I just did for the first time was a color-coded chapter summary. I typed out a short paragraph of what each chapter covered, with a separate color for each plot and subplot. It helped me see at a glance what hadn't been mentioned in too long.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Johanna, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect.

Sherry, I think you will enjoy the book.

Wendy, since I'm making many mistakes, I'm learning a lot :D

M.J., thanks for the tips. Didn't know about the
Google one.

Elise, thanks. I hope to polish it well enough for an agent to love what he/she sees.

Medeia, conferences have helped me in the past also.

Welcome Paige! Thanks for the book tip. It sounds like a good one.

Great tips Marcia. I really like the color codinig idea.

Cynthia said...

Oh, you're going to have 200 followers very soon. You just wait!

Sometimes when I'm in a revising rut, it helps to go over notes and handouts I'd taken before at conferences. I also try to distinguish between big picture changes I need to make and the small picture changes. I do the big picture changes first. Good luck!!

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