Ask the Coach: Book Revisions

Ask the Coach, Beth Mende Conny, your writing questions

Q: Any tips for making book revisions?

A: All revision begins with re-vision, a stepping back to determine if you’ve delivered on the promise of your work. Almost always there will be something you need or want to change. Welcome the opportunity, for it gives you a second chance to “deliver the goods.”

Accept that no work is perfect, nor should it be. Revision is what allows you to hone your skills and improve the quality of your work. If you’re serious about writing, this is an incredible opportunity.

Forget completion. Nothing you write will ever reach that stage. That’s because you change with time, along with your perspective. To go back into a piece ad infinitum doesn’t serve you or your work. So stop nit-picking and move on.

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