Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction
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Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction

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Book by Kaplan, David Michael
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Story Pr (first published March 1st 1997)
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The only thing more challenging than finding an excellent craft book---one that is relevant to both beginning and more established writers---is finding readers who understand and help you deepen your fiction. I first read David Michael Kaplan’s Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction when I was an M.F.A. candidate. I was impressed both by Kaplan’s clear examples and his brave approach illuminating these examples by sharing his early drafts. Revision offered me practical me...more
This is one brilliant book that I believe can benefit every writer who reads it. Mr. Kaplan has managed to concentrate years of experience and practical knowledge and organise it in a usable and practical form. The book has an abundance of examples that prove the points the author is making, examples that include first and subsequent drafts including some of his published stories. These examples juxtapose in a powerful way how the methodical and ruthless process of revision and re-vision, as Mr....more
Suzie Quint
I would class this for the advanced beginner or intermediate writer. There's nothing here that can't be found in innumerable other books on writing. Because most of what can be said about revision takes a good deal less than 200 to say, much of what he says strays from the topic. FREX: He talks about both beginnings and endings, which to my mind is a separate aspect of writing than revision is.

What I personally found useful was the reminder to include setting description (I hate writing descript...more
Kaplan does a good job giving examples and his methods apply to my skill set. He makes a good point about needing a big concept and a line item reader to check your work. Grammar and creativity do not reside in the same parts of the brain and most people will struggle with one or the other. I'm good with concepts, but my organization skills and my attention to detail are lacking. I have to do a lot of rewriting. Kaplan says this is to be expected. I can rewrite the "to be," out later if I wish....more
Shahzoda Nazarova
terribly helpful and inspiring to get on with revising my own old writings.
I recommendthis book to young writes. You will not only regret, but you will appreiate the time you will invest on reading this book.
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