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Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction

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With rousing enthusiasm, David Michael Kaplan introduces you to his unique brand of revision: a process of discovery in which your story's words, structure, even its very meaning may change as it grows stronger. He takes you through every stage of the writing process, providing strategies and criteria to help pinpoint the problems in your work and fix them. In addition to ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Story Press Books
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Jul 25, 2008 Chad rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 16, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it
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The subtitle suggests the best way to view this book. It is not so much a "how to revise" book, although it does plenty of that, as it is a book to show you how to incorporate revision into your writing process. This approach is forefront in chapters two and three: "Revising Before Writing" and "Revising While Writing the First Draft." Core to Kaplan's creative approach is that revising is not just editing and rewriting a completed draft. Chapters four through eleven deal with what to do once yo ...more
May 28, 2017 Lou rated it really liked it
Kaplan writes about how to re-see your writing and rework it so that it communicates what your story is about in the most effective way. He often uses his short stories to demonstrate this in practice.
I found this book really helpful for looking at paragraph and sentence level revision.
Suzie Quint
Oct 16, 2011 Suzie Quint rated it liked it
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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
Mar 15, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2017 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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Excellent, detailed explanations of how to revise your novel. Worth reading before the first draft even, because he offers some strategies to use from the beginning to make later revision easier (and reduce missteps while writing the first draft).
Shahzoda Nazarova
Oct 12, 2013 Shahzoda Nazarova rated it it was amazing
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.
Really helpful!
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