Editing and Revision
for Fiction Writers
Presented by Cindi Myers
3 Week Course
Start Date: Monday, February 3
End Date: Sunday, February 23
$35 Members - $40 Non-Member
E.B. White said “The best writing is rewriting.” No matter how much care you put into your first draft, only when you’re done and you’re able to see the book as a whole will you be able to give the work the polish it needs. If you’re a rough draft writer like Cindi Myers, the editing and revision process is where the real magic of creating a book happens. Cindi will share her process and techniques for taking a story from a messy rough draft to a polished gem ready for submission. Exercises and class interaction will help you address your particular editing and revision problems and learn techniques for making the daunting task of editing a complete manuscript more manageable.
Lesson One: Introduction. Separating the creative process from the editing process. Experimenting with draft writing. Preparing to edit. Homework: Draft writing experiment
Lesson Two: The big picture. Identifying theme and character arcs. Goal, motivation and conflict. Homework: Identify your story’s theme, your main characters’ GMC, and your character arcs.
Lesson Three: The first big read through. Identifying problems. Story Logic. Prioritizing your revisions and edits. Incorporating revisions into the manuscript. What to do with deleted material. Homework: What is your biggest revision challenge?
Lesson Four: The second read-through. Time-lines, transitions, repetition. Effective chapter breaks.
Lesson Five: Down to the nitty gritty. Zeroing in on common problems that weaken your writing: passive voice, Weak verbs, weak nouns, filtering words, wishy-washy and qualifying words, favorite words. Homework: What are your favorite, overused words?
Lesson Six: Wrapping up. Dialogue and dialogue tags. Focus on scene and chapter endings. Spell check. The final read-through. Notes on what to expect from an editor’s revisions. Last questions.
Cindi Myers became one of the most popular people in eighth grade when she and her best friend wrote a torrid historical romance and passed the manuscript around among friends. Fame was short-lived, alas; the English teacher confiscated the manuscript and suggested they should spend more time brushing up on grammar and spelling. Since then, Cindi has written more than 50 published novels. Over 500,000 copies of her books have been sold around the world, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She was the 2005 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year. Her 2012 release, The View From Here, won the Colorado Book Award for genre fiction. Her most recent releases are The Mountain Between Us (sequel to The View From Here) and Rocky Mountain Revenge (Harlequin Intrigue). When she's not writing, Cindi enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, gardening, knitting, quilting and of course, reading. She lives in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and two spoiled dogs. For more about Cindi, visit her web sites at http://www.cindimyers.com and http://www.CindyMyersbooks.com