"That information is so comprehensive and easily digested, that I'd urge any aspiring novelist to read this guide *before* you start to write your book--because the better the first draft, the easier its revision will be. Five stars." ~Reviewed by Douglas Smith, Writer & Three-time Aurora Award Winner
"Kim McDougall rounds out this expert advice with a significant list of resources to help any author improve every aspect of their craft. Revise to Write is an excellent step by step guide for any writer willing to make the effort to improve their work." ~Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
From the Author
That's when I realized I couldn't (and shouldn't) leave the editing to an editor. The responsibility for my book's content lies entirely with me. I can't expect anyone else to care about it as much as I do. This became even more important when I began self-publishing. But editing is a hellish task. The stress of fixing logic gaps, keeping track of timelines and character details forced me to abandon more than one rough draft. I read theories on plot, structure, character, and dialogue, but I had no idea how to apply them in a practical way. And line edits seemed never-ending. No matter how many times I revised, I could always find bits to tweak in yet another edit.
I looked into book writing programs, writing craft lessons, and book writing coaches. Many great books about revision are available and I read several of them, but I didn't find what I was looking for. Some books described methods to address structure or plot. Some talked about adding theme and mood to rough drafts. Few got into the details of a good line edit (perhaps assuming this is a job for a publisher), and none gave me an actionable process for delivering a polished manuscript. I knew there had to be a better way, a method of assimilating all the information on writing craft I'd read and applying it to my finished manuscripts.
I set out to discover the process myself. This book is a compilation of theories I've learned through study and those I hit on through practice. With each manuscript I wrote, I applied this process, refining it, until it became not just a revision technique but a holistic approach to writing.
There are no book writing rules, but by practicing your revision techniques, you will become a better writer. With each new rough draft, take time to assess your writing. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your writing quirks, the phrases you overuse, and the stylistic formations you repeat? As you work through this editing program, learning how to write a book step by step, don't think of this as an isolated exercise. Every time you practice the revision skills presented here, you will be improving your craft. Your next first draft will be cleaner. You will have more confidence as a writer, and future revisions will be less stressful. That's how you Revise to Write.