This revision technique comes from Ruth McNally Barshaw.
When faced with suggestions for major revisions, all writers feel the earth tilt a bit with the realization of how many changes will be required. Eventually our planet regains its orbit and the work begins. Ruth’s revision plan is simple and brilliant.
1. Put the manuscript aside for a few days to provide time for celestial shifts.
2. Brainstorm ways to implement the changes. Take several days to do this, working for a couple hours each day and simply jotting down ALL ideas. Sometimes the concepts that seem the most offbeat at first turn out to be the best.
3. Brainstorm without the written word staring you in the face. Do not look at the manuscript or you won’t be able to see the forest for the trees.
4. Choose the best ideas and start revising.
Step 3 is the most crucial.
May. 18, 2013: The Writer's Almanac
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