Magic Question of Revision

I am busy created content for my website. Here is one of the videos, in which I deal with the phrase "rough draft" and then give you the Magic Question of Revision.

Any thoughts?

9 Replies to “Magic Question of Revision”

  1. Great video, Laurie! It’s so easy to forget that question, “how can I make this better?” but it’s really the essential question regardless of where you are in terms of your development as a writer. This is a great way to start my writing week. Thank you!!

  2. Even though I can’t imagine thinking of running a marathon as “the fun part,” that was a great analogy and very helpful. I’m going to share it with my kids and take it to heart myself. Thank you!

  3. Book on teaching revision

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I’m a big fan… of your work and now also your writing cottage.

    In case you ever get asked for recommendations, Barry Lane’s AFTER THE END is hands-down the best approach to revision I’ve ever seen. I used it with students as a teacher, and it has helped my own writing immensely. (FYI, I have no relationship with Lane or Heinemann. : ) )


  4. Great post!

    I’m a high school English teacher and I enjoyed your talk about revision. I think the way you frame revision will really help students get it, and hopefully have a better attitude about revision. I plan to show it to my students! Thank you! – Michelle Blakely

  5. I’m glad that you emphasize how much revision is involved in a novel. When I talk to non-writer friends and family they are shocked by all the revision that is needed. It’s just not something that people who don’t write novels understand.

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