Making the Most of Writing Group Revisions

Many of us who write have also found a group of like-minded people willing to listen to our stories, memoirs, and poems and share their knowledge in improving those pieces. I have a binder dedicated to the meetings full of story pieces and notes.

I have learned something about the revision process. It’s best done warm, right after the reading or at least within a few days . This is also true of self-edits. Have you ever gone back into editing notes and wondered what you were thinking when you wrote the note down? I have returned to edit a story a few weeks after the initial writer’s group meeting and realized that I was missing some of the discussion.

I now try to put in all of the changes right away, either when I get home that night or the following day. The same is true of self-edits. By making notes and then immediately going to the computer to type them in or turning to my notebook to write the needed scenes, I remember more easily what I want for the scene.

That’s my advice for the day…or perhaps the advice should be…take very detailed notes when editing.

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About jeanetteraleigh

Jeanette Raleigh is an artist and author who has spent most of her life at some creative pursuit. Whether painting a castle or writing a novel, Jeanette enjoys the playful aspects of creation and strives to make worlds where others feel at home. You can find her works of art and information about her fiction at www.jeanetteraleigh.com.
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