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
About 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: On Becoming a Writer 1
A Philosophy of Self-Editing 8
Plot & Structure 45
Point of View 60
Beginnings, Middles & Ends 124
Show vs. Tell 140
Voice & Style 148
Setting & Description 162
A Philosophy of Revision 192
Before You Revise 203
The First Read-Through 209
The Ultimate Revision Checklist 216
The Opening 227
Voice, Style & Point of View 246
Setting & Description 247
The Polish 250
Epilogue: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained 254
Exercise Answers 256
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Excellent book BUT!!!!!! If you buy the Nook version it is in PDB format -- NOT epub. It will NOT open on the Nook classic, Nook app for Mac, Nook Study for Mac, or Nook app for iPhone. B&N -- Please FIX this!!!!!!!
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.
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.