photo by Moss Media 2007
EXCERPT from "Making Revising Work for You, Not Against You" by Adrea L. Peters in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction:
Many how-to books and articles lead the writer through the first draft, but neglect to offer a method for accomplishing the subsequent drafts that lead you to a polished, sellable manuscript. The result: a writer who doesn't understand why his stuff won't sell, or how to fix what he's written. This article will offer a path for the writer, while hoping that each writer uses each manuscript and its necessary revisions as a way to perpetually evolve his style and craft. I know for this writer, each novel makes me more of the writer I want to be, and I attribute that to revising with a clear and specific intent for each draft.
The generous thing about writer's workshops and college programs like Seton Hill's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction is that they don't impose a methodology on writers. However, the working and/or student writer on a deadline works best when he or she develops a plan, or borrows one from a more experienced writer. Following a process will allow you the freedom to make your stories readable and original quickly. That's what sells books and lands contracts.
Adrea L. Peters graduated valedictorian from the School of Journalism at the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Editorial Writing and was awarded her M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in June 2008. She published an online magazine, Artists Looking Ahead, from 2004-2009 where she shared her passions for photography, health and writers, interviewing best-selling authors such as Tess Gerritsen, Dan Pink and Jodi Picoult. She and fellow Seton Hill graduate, Teffanie White, recently launched an e-publishing company, Pictureless Books (http://picturelessbooks.blogspot.com), specializing in inspirational alphabets for the Kindle and other e-readers. Ms. Peters lives in Vermont and has just completed the first book in a children's science fiction series.