Monday, February 23, 2009
Tip for the Day... Revising & Fuzzy Details
Okay, so you are revising your work, and you come to some "fuzzy" parts that leave you clueless. Now, what do you do to fix it? If that part seems inadequate, like it's missing something, maybe leaving you confused, you can use a form of free-writing where you may expand on that point in your story. You might be including more detail about the character's inner thought. Or possibly your free-writing may give more descriptive images to a scene. In any case, the idea is to launch into a free-write, inserting it at that fuzzy point. Keep it loose, uninhibited, don't stop to think about it, criticize it, just keep writing until you run out of steam! Once you've done this, you should leave it alone for a time, a few days or so. Then, come back to it to assess what you have. Revise and or cut any details that may seem overdone or out of place. More than likely you'll end up with a better product, which your readers will appreciate. Of course, you will want to read it aloud again, seeing if that satisfies. If not, keep on polishing and revising until it's smooth and shiny!