Saturday, May 28, 2011

Revision

"I often have to write a hundred pages or more before there's a paragraph that's alive." ~ Philip Roth

Often, revision is the hardest part of the writing process. We write something that sounds brilliant - or worse yet, poetic - and even though it doesn't quite fit and doesn't move the story forward, we don't want to cut it.

After you write the first draft, don't be afraid to cut it down to those few brilliant pages that really work. The rest, even if it's the best writing of your life, must be cut if it doesn't serve your topic.

4 comments:

Shakespeare said...

Funny, but I tend to get to this in draft #3. My first draft is so sparse, and revision #1 fleshes the whole thing out, sometimes to double its size. Then I go into #3 draft looking for ANYTHING out of place or unmeaningful, from dialogue to description.

If I love a passage, but I know it needs to be cut, I paste it into another document. Then I delete the document once the revision is over, NOT looking through it first.

SAS....Sammy, Andy and Shelly said...

Happy Saturday, dear friend.

xxxxxxx

Jim said...

Must be a difficult thing to have to do. But I do understand why it would be necessary.

Jeff King said...

Yea it is hard and time consuming.