- File Size: 192 KB
- Print Length: 76 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rock Your Writing (November 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AFB653K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Rock Your Revisions: A Simple System for Revising Your Novel (Rock Your Writing Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Basically, I felt as if the author were treating the reader as a first year English Literature student, as if all this stuff were new to us, when, for a large portion of the book's audience (professional writers), most of the book's contents we know by now, often by heart. I bought the book to learn how to revise what is already (I believe) a decently written story, not to learn how to identify that story's antagonist or to decide whether to use third person or first person perspective or to make sure the first scene has a hook.
Still, it did have a few decent tips, especially near the beginning with the list of things to look for when going over your writing. And it was only three bucks, it was more than worth that small price to me just for the few tips I found useful. So I'd recommend it, but beginners will find it the most helpful. For everyone else, it's largely a review.
This book gave me that process. Now, instead of wandering through my manuscript and spending a lot of time sighing and staring at the ceiling, I have an ordered list of tasks to complete. I'm confident that when I'm done, I'll have a book that is as good as I can get it. Then it will be ready for other sets of eyes.
It described a systematic process for revising, treating the big issues first (plot/story structure), the middle size issues next (scenes, GMC, etc), and finally, the polishing last (sentences, grammar, spelling, etc).
This process helps you to stop wasting time on cleaning up whole scenes that you're going to cut anyway. I thought it was a well organized process that focused you on the right issues at the right time.
All the normal technical issues were good: Kindle formatting, table of contents, font, paragraph styles, grammar, spelling, sentence structure.
The whole book had the ring of competence to me. I recommend it to all fiction writers.
I then tried Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Revisions, and this was exactly what I was looking for. It gave me a systematic process to follow, it was extremely easy to read, and I am now on my journey using her road map as my guide. I first read the whole book, and now I am back at the beginning following her procedure, step-by-step. I’m still on the second step, which is to create a scene chart for each scene in each chapter. My book has 75 chapters, so I might be doing this for a while! But it all makes perfect sense. She often gives concrete examples of what she is talking about, complete with a “before” revising, and “after” revising, which I find very useful.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has written a first draft of a novel and doesn’t know how to proceed.
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