Dear Mom and Dad and Tootles,
Last week of camp! Wow, I feel like I’ve learned so much this summer, and yet I know there is still tons more ahead of me.
Coach Sol spoke to us about editing this week. He said there are many ways to revise, but what he likes to do is take one step at a time. Read the manuscript through. Ask yourself these questions:
~Do my characters come alive? Are they likeable? Can I sympathize with them? How well do I understand my main characters?
~What is my weakest scene? Cut it. My next weakest scene? Consider cutting it too.
~What are the three most important actions in my novel? Is each action motivated in a believable way?
~Read your first page. Is there a compelling reason to go to page two?
~Coach Sol said to then go through the manuscript, weeding out useless paragraphs and cutting words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, pages, or whole scenes that seem unnecessary. He said to make sure my characters are under stress that increases and make sure there’s something visual on every page.
Wow. Coach said that’s enough to get me started, but above all, to KEEP WRITING! It’s the best and only way to learn the craft.
Something else Coach told us? We are writers. That means me. Even if I don’t have books on the bookshelves yet, even if I’m still young (or even if I were very old), I am one who writes. That makes me a writer. Very neat.
Thanks for sending me to camp this summer. I can hardly wait to finish up my manuscript and start editing. Can't wait to be home with you all! See you Friday!
Love, Your Writer
Do you have a particular method of editing that works for you? Was it ever a struggle to think of yourself as a writer?
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