REVISION IS A PROCESS: How to Take the Frustration out of Self-Editing
by Catherine E. McLean

A first draft holds the possibility of what will be a great story. Revision turns that rough diamond into a spectacular gem worth a reader\’s money and time.

Writers are individuals but to be a producing writer means creating a system to revise and polish a work so the reader thoroughly enjoys the story. REVISION IS A PROCESS is a guidebook for writers and authors that shows how a simple 12-step process can be tailored to eliminate the most common and chronic maladies of writing genre fiction. This valuable guidebook contains secrets, tips, practical advice, how-to\’s, and why-to\’s for taking the frustration out of self-editing.

. . . revision is a process . A logical, straightforward process where you don\’t try to find and fix everything at once. Instead, you break the monumental task into component parts and focus on only an item or two at a time.

Okay, so the reality is that creative people, especially writers, hate logic and straightforwardness. And it\’s a fact that logic and creativity have always been at war with each other. After all, creativity gives a writer a high like no other. It\’s the fun part of writing and storytelling.

On the other hand, revising, rewriting, and self-editing are linear, logical, objective—and not fun.

But necessary.

Ever so necessary if one intends to be commercially successful in the writing business.

Here\’s something I\’ve learned about writing and self-editing—a writer should find a middle ground. That means having the logical part of one\’s mind work with the subconscious imagination (the creative self).

It\’s about adopting a different view of self-editing—calling it a process—and diligently organizing that process into small steps that can easily be done. This gives a writer confidence that they have polished their story and increased its marketability.

I strongly believe, and have seen, that revision-as-a-process enables a writer to use both their left (logical) and right (creative) brain to become even more creative.

That\’s because the writer not only tailors a one-of-a-kind process but they also develop their own revision master cheat sheets. As a result, the creative subconscious (the imagination) becomes aware of the pitfalls and glitches that must be checked for, and subsequently, little by little, the creative self dishes up better first drafts with far fewer errors.



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Catherine E. McLean\’s lighthearted, short stories have appeared in hard cover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include JEWELS OF THE SKY, KARMA & MAYHEM, HEARTS AKILTER, and ADRADA TO ZOOL (a short story anthology). She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes lighthearted tales of phantasy realms and stardust worlds (fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal) with romance and advenure. She is also a writing instructor and workshop speaker. Her nonfiction book for writers is REVISION IS A PROCESS – HOW TO TAKE THE FRUSTRATION OUT OF SELF-EDITING.

Find her online:

hub website
website for writers
writer’s cheet sheets blog
Amazon Author Page


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14 thoughts on “REVISION IS A PROCESS by Catherine E. McLean

  1. I sincerely thank you for hosting this spot on your blog for Revision is a Process. I'll stop back from time to time today if anyone writes in with a question or wants to discuss self-editing fiction.

  2. My favorite book series? Hmm. It's a toss-up between The Black Jewels Trilogy and the Harry Potter books. Thanks for stopping by and for your question. I wish you good luck in winning the raffle!

  3. The hour grows late and the day will soon end. Thank you all for visiting today. And many, many thanks, Mary, for featuring my book, Revision is a Process on your blog today. Good night and God Bless.

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