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.