For the last few days I haven’t really felt like writing. But I have been working, giving one of my stories what I call a “brutal revision.” Since one of the points of this blog is to connect to my fans, I was thinking I should give some insight into my writing process.
When I write I use some weak words, things that are okay once in awhile but when they’re in every other sentence isn’t so great. But before I send a story out, I go through it with highlighters and mark up all these words. I even have it color coded. “Am-is-was-were” gets green, “have-has-had” is orange, “thats” are blue, -ing words are pink, -ly words are yellow, and sentences that begin with a person’s name are circled in red. After going though my story six or seven times, the pages look like this:
I then work my way through the story and with rephrasing and general revision I try my best to cut out half of these problems. Fascinating, huh?