Revision And Self-Editing (Write Great Fiction)

Don’t let the revision process intimidate you any longer. Discover how to successfully transform your first draft into a polished final draft readers won’t be able to forget.

In Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted self-editing instruction focusing on the individual elements of a novel like plot, structure, characters, theme, voice, style, setting, and endings. You’ll learn how to:Write a cleaner first draft right out of the gate using Bell’s plotting principlesGet the most out of revision and self-editing techniques by honing your skills with detailed exercisesSystematically revise a completed draft using the ultimate revision checklist that talks you through the core story elements Whether you’re in the process of writing a novel, have a finished draft you don’t know what to do with, or have a rejected manuscript you don’t know how to fix, Revision & Self-Editing gives you the guidance you need to write and revise like a pro.

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  1. Like a caring English Professor, Jim hovers over your shoulder pointing out the problems and dishing out the fixes. How-to books for writing come in as many variations as there are writers. Some are hype, promising you’ll make $100,000 in your first year of freelancing or a $50,000 advance on your first novel. They promise much more than they deliver. There are also the texts which do provide some useful information, but they’re about as dry as the Nevada desert in August. 

  2. If you have his Plot and Structure, don’t bother with this one I bought this book hoping for a detailed how-to on revising my manuscript which is, currently, kind of a mess. This book provided little help. There are only two new chapters–the rest of the content is virtually identical to his other book, Plot and Structure. While there is good stuff in there, I would say, if you have one book, don’t waste your money buying the other.

  3. Wrong title While named Revision & Self-Editing, this book really is a quick overview on the craft of a novel writing. Part one, 190 pages of the 262-page book, is entitled Self-editing. Yet, instead of specific revision tips and exercises, Bell skims through the basics on what’s involved in writing a solid novel. It’s all good advice, offering gentle reminders of what we may have forgotten. But, it’s not on the topic his title promised. Part Two, entitled Revision, is only 60 pages, 10 of which discuss…

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