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Don't let the revision process intimidate you any longer. Discover how to successfully transform your first draft into a polished final draft readers won't be able to forget.

In Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted self-editing instruction focusing on the individual elements of a novel like plot, structure,...

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Overview

Don't let the revision process intimidate you any longer. Discover how to successfully transform your first draft into a polished final draft readers won't be able to forget.

In Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted self-editing instruction focusing on the individual elements of a novel like plot, structure, characters, theme, voice, style, setting, and endings. You'll learn how to:

  • Write a cleaner first draft right out of the gate using Bell's plotting principles
  • Get the most out of revision and self-editing techniques by honing your skills with detailed exercises
  • Systematically revise a completed draft using the ultimate revision checklist that talks you through the core story elements
Whether you're in the process of writing a novel, have a finished draft you don't know what to do with, or have a rejected manuscript you don't know how to fix, Revision & Self-Editing gives you the guidance you need to write and revise like a pro.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582975085
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 5/5/2008
  • Series: Write Great Fiction Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


James Scott Bell is the author of the Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure and a contributing editor to Writer's Digest magazine. He is also the author of more than fifteen novels currently teaches fiction writing courses at Pepperdine University and is a regular speaker at writers conferences.
www.jamesscottbell.com
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Table of Contents

Introduction On Becoming a Writer 1

Pt. 1 Self-Editing

Ch. 1 A Philosophy of Self-Editing 8

Ch. 2 Characters 18

Ch. 3 Plot & Structure 45

Ch. 4 Point of View 60

Ch. 5 Scenes 70

Ch. 6 Dialogue 94

Ch. 7 Beginnings, Middles & Ends 124

Ch. 8 Show vs. Tell 140

Ch. 9 Voice & Style 148

Ch. 10 Setting & Description 162

Ch. 11 Exposition 174

Ch. 12 Theme 178

Pt. 2 Revision

Ch. 13 A Philosophy of Revision 192

Ch. 14 Before You Revise 203

Ch. 15 The First Read-Through 209

Ch. 16 The Ultimate Revision Checklist 216

Epilogue: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained 254

Appendix: Exercise Answers 256

Index 264

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    Corrupt file

    I heard this was a fantastic book. I bought it for my Nook, but I was never able to read it. The file is corrupt. I contacted tech support and they walked me through several options. Unfortunately, none of them worked. I had to go to my nearest B&N to have the book removed by their tech support and get a refund. The whole process took a couple of hours, and the refund took a few days. I'd still like to buy this book for my Nook rather than buy a hard copy, but until I know it's readable, I'll stay away.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    Full of great information

    I am far from a complete writer, but the books in the "Write Great Fiction" series have been wonderful aids. But where some in the series are good, the ones by Bell are terrific. His book on Plot & Structure is fine reading, and I think this book on Revision and Self-editing is even better. As usual, he presents his thoughts/ideas in a coherent, straight forward manner and gives us plenty of examples to see exactly what he means. I really like how he uses writers from every genre (and many time periods) to help illustrate his points. Bell really shows that well written works come from every field and we can learn from all of them. Good writing is good writing. Recommended for any writer- from novice to pro. And for everyone from the self-published to those who work through the big publishing houses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    The Best Book on Writing-Bar None!

    Even though I've written over 30 books, I'm always reading a book on craft. An author can never stop learning how to do it better. REVISION AND SELF-EDITING by James Scott Bell is a must-have for every serious writer's shelf. The thing so lacking in many writing books is the practical advice on HOW-TO. Bell takes all the guesswork out and lays out the structure of a novel and how to get there. And then how to make that stinky first draft better. This book is the best book on writing I've ever laid hands on. It's even better than his PLOT AND STRUCTURE which I've been recommending to others. Get this book. Your story will thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Great Reference Book

    I'm always looking for great craft books for my 'library' to keep honing my skill and working on my craft. This book is definitely a keeper. While it gives a 'refresher' on some writing basic concepts and pointers to go deeper into your story and characters, the revision section is a must for all writers prior to submission (or fulfilling deadline). Infused with Bell's humor, the suggestions given are extremely helpful for not only the new writer, but for the seasoned writer as well. The pages contain real, HELPFUL information to help every writer on their career path. This book has earned a space on my reference book shelf.

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