This weekend I was making a summary of all the tips Tracy gave me and all the ones I have read on internet for revisions. I thought I should share it here so anyone can print as I will do and have it near.
Also please if you know or think of another thing important when revising please comment and I will go adding to this post.
Things to look for or change when revising:
1. Show, don’t tell:
“Show, Don't Tell invites understanding; I cannot find a better way to say this”
“If you are as captivated by what you read the tenth time you read it as you were the first time, then the author has succeeded in Show, Don't Tell”.
“When "showing" would prove to be more information than anyone wants or needs, then telling is perfectly acceptable. A good rule to keep in mind is that if it isn't important to the story, it's okay to keep it to the realm of telling”.
"In the case of "acceptable tell" always keep in mind that IF you can change it without it becoming more than you want it to be, do so. This leaves room for those necessary tells. Too much tell, even if it seems acceptable, drags a story down."
“In resume if you want to build a character, shape a mood, you must show. But I you want to move the story maybe tell is correct. I guess it is the balance of them what makes the prefect story.”
- The words: I heard, I saw, I felt, I was, usually are signs of telling.
2. Try as must as you can to substitute adverbs for strong verbs.
3. Avoid using as much as possible “which” “who” and “ that”.
4. Describe, you want the reader to experience the story.
5. Always check grammar.
6. Very and so are filler words. Find other words.
7. If there’s no dialogue in a while we must evaluate our technique.
8. Characters have to be in movement, living, making things.
9. Little or no ambiance and presence. If we gloss over important events, giving the rundown on who said what, when, where and how, and then slip out of the event without so much as a drink, it may be time to ponder. Why did we feel the need to include this important event in the first place?
10. Give the reader a reason to care for the character
11. Use dialogue effectively. Let the character speak, make the reader eavesdrop the conversation, not only hear it from you.
12. Use gestures and movements. . Act out the scene, if necessary to capture details.
13. Make every word count. Make every word mean something, be important for the history.
**One of the Links were I found this, I don’t remember the other ones ( I had the tips in post its all around my desk) And of course. I added the great advice of also