Writing Tips – Revising Your Manuscript

EditingYourWork-500px-Blog-1-29I am including two videos of me teaching at the 2011 One Year Adventure Novel Summer Workshop. The topic is Revising Your Manuscript.

One Year Adventure Novel is a high-school-level writing curriculum used in schools and homeschools. From what I have seen, it looks very good.

Here are the videos:

Part One:

Part Two:

Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

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  1. I don’t see any links to videos.

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  2. Thank you, Mr. Davis.
    I have only seen one video so far and have learned a lot.

    How long will this post be accessible?

    By the way, do you know Wendy Alec?

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  3. Thanks so much!
    The videos were super-helpful. (Although, now it may be harder for me to write, because I tend to edit as I go. :P)
    It was fun, while at the same time showing me that…well…I have a lot to work on. πŸ™‚ I’ve actually never thought of “dropping eyes” in that way before. πŸ˜€

    You said not to add tags like, “she/he felt, saw, etc.” But what if your character is distracted and doesn’t hear/see something? Do you just say something like, “She didn’t feel/hear, etc., until it was too late”? Or is there a better way to show it?

    Do you have any advice for omniscient POV?

    God bless,
    -Symona

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    • If you are writing from an omniscient POV, you can write all the “he felt” and “she saw” phrases you want. That is a narrator style, which is fine for omniscient. It does not work for an intimate, 3rd person limited POV.

      In an intimate POV, if your character doesn’t see (or hear) something, you cannot report the visual (or sound) until he or she actually does see it (or hear it). Writing “she didn’t hear” something is what a narrator would say, so it is not appropriate for an intimate 3rd person POV, but fine for omniscient.

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  4. I’ll be coming back to watch these when I have time. Two hours of writing advice sound fantastic! πŸ˜€

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  5. Hello Mr. Davis;
    I realize that these are older videos, but would that publishing bit about you reviewing someone’s work be open still?

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  6. This is fantastic, Mr. Davis. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m editing my manuscript right now, so this is incredibly helpful. πŸ™‚

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  7. I was at this workshop. ^_^ My first one ever, and I learned so much. Your sessions have stuck out in my mind ever since, Mr. Davis. I still try keeping these revision tips in mind as I write.

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