Most Effective Revision Techniques

Life is short. Writing is hard. And time-consuming.

As writers, there are so many different techniques available for revision, how do we know which ones to choose?  And which ones are the most effective?

In our blog posts this month, we focus on the revision techniques we've found are the most effective. The ones that give you the most improvement with least effort or time - the most bang for your buck.

Now, this doesn't mean these are the only things you should do to make your writing amazing; but instead, if you're on a time crunch, these are some great techniques to start with.

Revision Hacks: Harnessing the Red Pen
by Niki Hawkes
Just as there are countless ways to write a book, so are there countless ways to revise it. In this post I share three methods I came across that changed my revision process dramatically.

Strengthening Your Writing
by Heidi Wilde
Initially, you're just trying to get your thoughts out of your head and onto the page. First drafts are far from perfect, so how do you make your prose sparkle and pop? I'm going to detail three main questions I end up asking myself as I'm reading through a draft and what they force me to focus on.

Nuke the Site From Orbit
by Josh Morrey
So you get feedback on your story, and there are some things you need to change. Maybe you need to add more character motivation, or take out some wordy descriptions. How do you maintain the flow of your writing as you hack it up and put it back together?

The Power of Specific Language
by Heidi Thornock
This technique is one that you may consider too simple, but it's the simple things that have power. Throughout my blog post I show you how focusing on just nouns and verbs can make all the difference in the world with your writing.

What Did You Read in 2014?

If you're a writer, you're probably an avid reader as well, and if you're like me then you're always looking for something good.  January is a great time to set goals and try new things, so what a better time to blog about what you read in 2014?

My Reading List for 2014
By Tom Abbott
This year I tried to read A LOT, and I did. I tried a bunch of new authors: Terry Pratchett, David Baldacci, Neil Gaiman.

Top Read Books in 2014
by Heidi Thornock
I read a lot of books this year, but my post shares a review on my top recommendations. There is something for everyone -- one book/series in each of the following genres: sci fi, fantasy, nonfiction, horror/realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery.

2014 Reading Recap!
by Niki Hawkes
A couple of years ago I came to the conclusion that life is too short to read boring books. Since then, I've been dedicated to reading only the best books first (instead of focusing on the one I felt obligated to read, as I'd been doing before). As a result, 2014 was easily the best year in reading I've ever had (not to mention the most fun). If you like speculative fiction as much as I do, check out all the amazing authors that knocked my socks off in 2014!

What Did I Read Last Year? Well. . .
By Shantal Hiatt
Talk about a kick in the pants. Yeah, you're gonna hear what I read last year. Be ya can't wait;) It's just what I needed to get going on my blog again and set some realistic goals for reading and writing in the year to come. My critique group, called Writer's Ramble, is focusing on what we read last year. I'm not sure I'm ready to give out this information. It feels a little like I'm opening up about something that's really personal. But, obviously not. As if anyone bats an eye about that anymore. I guess it's public enough. I do have a Goodreads account after all:) Come see what awesome books I read. You might be interested in reading them too.