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What Is the Difference between Revision and Editing?

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Revision means changing the story. Revising a story means making changes (big or small) to the story’s plot and dialogue. Maybe you want to go back to a part you wrote so you can change where it happened. Or maybe you want to rearrange the order in which things happen. Maybe you want to delete a scene that wasn’t that great or write a new scene you thought of afterwards. Those are all revisions because they alter the story in some way. Editing means changing the words, sentences, and punctuation. I tend to write long sentences on the first draft. That’s nothing to worry about because I can fix it later. If you’re breaking long sentences into shorter ones then you are making edits. Editing is the fine-tuning to polish off the prose. Edits¬†don’t alter the meaning of your story. Revisions do. Does that clarify the difference between revision and editing?...

How to Write, Revise, and Illustrate Your Story

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How to Write, Revise, and Illustrate Your Story

Happy Easter from the Plot Bunny

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I hope your story is plotting along. Are you chasing any plot bunnies? Does your story wander around as you’re trying to think of what happens next? That’s okay. You can fix it later with plot bunny purging (also known as revisions). If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read more about plot bunnies. In the meantime, this plot bunny wishes you a “Happy Easter!” Can you tell me what a plot bunny is? Image ¬©iStockphoto.com / zhev

Want to Get the Creativity Going? Draw Something

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Want to Get the Creativity Going? Draw Something

Write Hard, Play Hard

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Write Hard, Play Hard

The Roller Coaster of Your Story’s Plot

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The Roller Coaster of Your Story’s Plot

Creating Mishaps in Your Story

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Creating Mishaps in Your Story

Dash the Hopes of Your Main Character (over and over again)

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Dash the Hopes of Your Main Character (over and over again)