Day Nine, and Time for a Word from Lemony Snicket!
Posted by Elisa Beatty Jan 18 2011, 12:01 am
Good morning, all, and welcome to DAY NINE of the WWF!! By the end of today, you should have earned your TENTH POINT, which is 1/5 of the whole darned Festival!
I happened to stop over at nanowrimo.org yesterday, and saw this little gem from Mr. Snicket, re revising. Since some of you are busy wrestling your NaNo novels into submission, I just had to engage in a little shameless thievery and share:
“Thirteen Tips On Revision:
1. Put the book aside and listen, for the first time, to your insecurities. Do not pay attention to what they say but to where they are pointing. They are wrong that you need to burn down the house but they might be right about starting in the basement.
2. Approach the manuscript ruthlessly, like it is a beloved and difficult friend who has asked to hear what they’re doing wrong. The misdeeds do not cancel out the love, nor vice versa.
4. Cut short and cut long. Change a limp image and discover the entire needs to be cut. Polish a flabby scene and learn it needs to be deleted. If everyone stays on the lifeboat it will sink and no one will be saved. There are hardly any novels that are too short.
5. Stand and pace. Feel the liberation of having dragged hobbled furniture from your room to lay out on the sidewalk for someone else’s benefit.
6. This is the third draft of this set of tips. Hopefully they are now more useful to the reader.” –Lemony Snicket