As Nathan Bransford says, revision in semi-important. I am going through like my 5th terrible, yucky, draining, life-killing revision, and I thought, Shouldn’t this be easier?”
So I looked up all these easy ways, and I thought that today I would share tips for a super fast, super excellent revision process. Seriously, these will sike you out of your mind:
- Only do one revision before sending it off to agents. Agents like Mary Kole love that.
- Use as many exclamation points and adverbs as possible. This is straight from ELMORE LEONARD. You want readers to know how passionate you are about your work. If you’re lacking this in your first draft, insert as many lovely !!!!s as possible.
- Insert your personal opinions in rants and long, forced character soliloquies. This is per Mary Kole again. Your readers what to know your every whim, and they won’t mind taking a break from the plot for a few minutes to get a look inside your genius brain.
- If you don’t have an extensive prologue, you need one. Agent Kristen says you need to fill those readers in on every bit of backstory possible!
- Just writing he said and she said is way too boring and old fashioned. Spice it up with words like expostulated, admonished, objected, and best of all, remonstrated. See how colorful that is??? Barry Lyga is great at this.
- Don’t worry about little things like plot. If your writing is edgy enough, (which is a big deal per YA highway), no one will notice if little Billy has no real purpose in the story.
If you follow these tips, you’re sure to have your revision done in one easy sweep and be snatched up by top agents in no time. Good luck!
Told you it was a sike.
But this isn’t a sike: Wednesday we have a very special interview with none other than the Honorable Queen of Funny and Sarcasm herself, T.H. Mafi. Yay!
***Oh wait. I almost forgot to tell you about this contest. Super cool from a super cool 16 yr old author!