You have written a story, a poem, a non-fiction piece. It’s a fine piece of work for a blog, book or magazine article. It’s done. OR… is it?
Have you stopped to read it over? Or to change the odd word here or there? Have you double-checked your spelling? What about that sentence there, is it reading the way you want it to? Have it all tidied up? EXCELLENT!
But is it really the way you want it to read? Is it the best you can make it be?
Ask yourself these questions
- Am I clear about what I am writing about?
- Have I written with my audience in mind, answering their questions?
- Am I writing in a manner appropriate for the topic at hand?
- Did I make sure I included supporting examples and details??
Ask yourself the following
- Have I removed excess clichés? Can my images stand for themselves?
- Have I channeled emotions through the five senses? for instance…how can you show love or hatred through your senses?
- Have I used strong verbs and concrete nouns? Making your words seem more in the moment.
- Have I cut, compressed and condensed everything I can? The more tighter you make your words, the more pungent your words will be.
- What have you risked? What has inspired you from recent reads? Can you emulate what you like?
Revision is merely the act of making what you have to say better. It’s not taking away your voice or the natural feel of what you write. All revision is, is answering questions to make what you say more clear to those reading your words. That’s worth the time don’t you think?