“Revising Dominatrix” Should Be A Job Title

I. Love. Revising.

With a passion.

Like, borderline 50 Shades of Grey passion. Should-probably-have-a-tattoo passion. Or-at-least-a-t-shirt passion.

And I am at the first round of edits for my current WIP. Which is the best round.

Editing a first draft is like hacking through the jungle with a machete. Yes, it’s hot and sticky and you keep getting bitten by bugs that may or may not be carrying malaria, but you look like a badass.

Each strike of your red pen is the swing of your machete, slicing away the undergrowth and clearing a path to story perfection.

Ok, that was terrible.

So it’s more like taking a swamp and turning it into a beautiful zen garden. Lots of hard, dirty work, filling in the swampland, shaping the trees and bushes. Putting in a koi pond.

And now I need to lay off the metaphors.

So now, for some quick and dirty editing tips:

  • The words “felt” or “seemed”
  • Any modifier that isn’t COMPLETELY ESSENTIAL to the scene
  • Spelling/grammar mistakes
  • Any sentences that don’t read smoothly (cadence is key)
  • Any places where the pacing slows too much
  • Anything that knocks you out of the story
  • Flat dialogue
  • Characters that bore you

And please, for the love of God

  • KNOW YOUR TENSES

So pick up your red pens and yellow highlighters (or any colors you find visually unoffensive) and tear into it like a hungry wolf into a bed-ridden granny.

Ok, that was the last metaphor. I promise.

Yes, Rihanna. Yes I am.

 

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