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Entries in revision (10)


What separates writers from the wannabes? Revision, revision & more revision. - Tabitha Olson

What separates writers from the wannabes? Revision, revision & more revision. - Tabitha Olson


The beautiful part of writing: you don't have to get it right the first time unlike, say, brain surgery. - Robert Cormier 

I have to remind myself of this again and again as I'm working on my novel; my tendency has always been to over-edit as I write the first draft.

Feel free to download and print this Robert Cormier quote to post in your home, office, classroom or library!

For many more free, print-ready posters, bookmarks and other material related to writing and reading, see my For The Love Of Reading and Print-Ready Archives.


Don't let fear of writing poorly stop you from writing. That's why we revise. - Cindy Pon

Don't let fear of writing poorly stop you from writing. That's why we revise. - Cindy Pon


Be aware when research & prep becomes a crutch. At some point, you need to jump in & WRITE.


Writers: Revising & rewriting is part of the craft AND the business. Learn to do it without fear. 


Revision is an essential (and fun) part of the process, says Simon & Schuster art director Lauren Rille

In KidLitArtists.com today, I interviewed Lauren Rille, who was my art director on the Judy Blume project.

I asked her what common misconception aspiring or new children's book illustrators tend to make. Her answer applies as much to writers as well as illustrators, I think: That some people misinterpret a revision request as an indication that they're doing something WRONG.

Do read Lauren's full reply on the KidLitArtists blog for more details.


Comic: Revision Angst


Thanks to Writers Write Creative Blog for making this particular comic so popular on Facebook right now. :-)

I'm posting some of my older comics here as I catalog and tag them in prep for a print book compilation. You can find my comics for writers on Inkygirl (http://inkygirl.com), Tumblr (http://inkygirl.tumblr.com) and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/inkyelbows/comics-for-writers-inkygirl-com)


Illustrated quote: It's never too late to revise

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You can also find my illustrated quotes on my Illustrated Quotes Pinterest board.


Will Write For Chocolate updated: Eliza's Fantasy

You can browse earlier Will Write For Chocolate strips in the archives.

You can also find the strip on Facebook and Google+.


Revision checklist: before you submit your mss

James Scott Bell has posted an excellent checklist to keep in mind as you revise, before you submit your manuscript. The list is based on a sidebar in the May/June issue of Writer's Digest from YA editor, Anica Morse Rissi.