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Revision: Here’s the Chance to Get It Right

Today’s re-blog is short but definitely Sweet — it even ends with this Lovely idea:

“Too many areas of life don’t afford you a second chance, but writing does…”

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9780399578809Brevity editor Dinty W. Moore is featured this week on, insisting that revision is the most joyful part of writing. His craft piece is excerpted from his new book, The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir, which came out just yesterday.

Here’s an excerpt:

The blank page is a frightening void. An early draft, however, filled with words – all pointing in the right direction, but in need of some tender loving care – can be exhilarating. Words are like clay: you can push them around and make all manner of shapes with them. And clay reminds us of childhood. And childhood reminds us of the time when we were the most playful, most creative, and least haunted by voices telling us we can’t do things well enough.

In other words, you can approach revision with your head low and…

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2 responses to “Revision: Here’s the Chance to Get It Right

  1. Angela Yuriko Smith August 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Maybe that’s why I love writing so much—infinite second chances.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai August 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Whoot & Amen, Angela :-)


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