I’ve been so busy revising a picture book manuscript this past week, per an editor’s request (yay!), that I didn’t think I’d have time to write a blog post. Then I realized it might be interesting and maybe helpful if I shared my process. So, here’s a list of what I have done over the last several days.
- Printed out a fresh, clean copy of the story I’d submitted.
- Read and re-read it several times, over a period of a day or two.
- Pulled up every earlier version of the story in question and read and re-read each as well looking for nuggets to possibly re-work into my revision.
- Brainstormed revision ideas in my notebook and recorded snippets of inspiration – possible new rhyme pairings and plot escalations – using the notes feature on my iPhone.
- In several sessions, separated by self-imposed time filters (i.e. walks, dishes, school work etc.) I wrote and rewrote until I had something I felt good about.
- Sent my revision-in-progress to a couple of trusted critique partners.
- Repeated step five and six as needed (and it was definitely much needed).
- Celebrated with a happy dance when, at last, I had a revision that I was really happy with.
- Resisted urge to send it right away to my agent – knowing that one extra time-filter can never hurt.
- Spent afternoon diverting myself by volunteering at our local history museum’s Sheep to Shawl Festival. That littlest one is only two days old, by the way.
- Finally, after one more read through, I wrote a note to my agent and got my revised story ready to email first thing Monday morning.
What would you add to the list? Happy revising!