Quick-Read Crafty Tip and Tune-Up Day Winners!

We are excited to announce the winners of our second Tune-Up Day prizes!

But, before we do, we must slow down the pacing and increase the tension.


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here’s a quick-read crafty tip for you.

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It amazes me how each manuscript demands a different approach to writing and revision. I’m working on a huge revision for an acquired…YES! ACQUIRED… YAYYYY… lyrical non-fiction PB manuscript. Here’s a peek behind my revision curtain at the steps I’ve taken so far for this manuscript.

I still have a LONG way to go.

Step One:

I printed the editorial letter and underlined the most salient suggestions. I color-coated my underlining so that I could hone in on: heart, editorial tasks, and research. I wanted to be sure I didn’t lose any of these components.

Sample of Editorial Letter Process

Step Two:

I wrote a to do list of CONCRETE next steps.

Concrete steps to help me organize my process.

Step Three:

I created a visual representation of the ways the focal point of the manuscript fits within the historical and social context of the nonfiction topic.

I created a visual representation:

Historical Context, Social Landscape,

and Focal Point

Step Four:

I created word banks for various aspects of the manuscript from which I can pull as I revise.

Word banks for setting, historical

context, social context,

and for the main character

Step Five:

I mapped out the spreads/different “sections” of the manuscript in thumbnails. Here is the first section.

This particular book will be 48 pages. This is the first of three sections.

Step Six:

I wrote the first “section’s” spreads on sticky notes so that I could move them around to see what might work best. I pasted the sticky notes onto a dry erase board so that I could see the progression of the arc.

Progression of the sections of the manuscript. Broken into spreads.

Jogging back and forth between the computer, pen and paper, and visual representations has helped me ensure that I stay true to the heart of this manuscript. I hope seeing a bit of my process helps you too.

And now for our winners:

Congratulations to all who participated in the Tune-Up Day. Your #ReVISIONweek Tune-Up Day host will reach out to you regarding your prize.

We look forward to our week-long challenge September 14-21st!

Feel. Write. Risk.

Lauren, Joana, Katie, Lynne, Michal, and Shannon


8 thoughts on “Quick-Read Crafty Tip and Tune-Up Day Winners!

  1. Lauren,
    Thanks for sharing all your steps for revision. I have 2 manuscripts to revise and will use these steps to revise.

  2. Yay!! Not only did I win something, but this blog post and all the others have been so helpful! I am going to start creating word banks for my stories. Thank you so much!

  3. Love your building suspense at the beginning. Love that I won a prize! Thank you!! But the thing I love the most about this post: the word ACQUIRED!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to hear more and celebrate your next book.

  4. Thank you, Lauren, Joana, Katie, Lynne, Michal, and Shannon! Lauren, congratulations! Thank you for sharing the backstory revisions you utilized for your PB project. Y’all keep me in tune with great revision tips!

  5. Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to talking with Shannon. You’re all very generous to share your insights with newer writers.

  6. Congrats to everyone and thank you to Lauren, Joana, Katie, Lynne, Michal, and Shannon for providing prizes!

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