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MIND MELD asked a group of authors: As a reader and as a writer, how do you feel about the practice of revising books after they have been published (or at least have reached the ARC stage)? How much revision goes into your writing process? (How clean are your drafts)?

Click here to read what I had to say on the topic, along with Lucy Snyder, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Jon Sprunk, Christopher Golden, Rhonda Eudaly, Leah Petersen, Linda Nagata, and Deborah J. Ross.
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Describe algor mortis, livor mortis and rigor mortis.

Oh, no, wait, that's the exam I'm studying for.

Back to the topic of the day, revisions. A couple of weeks back I posted my patented process for dealing with revisions. Today I'm going to discuss the contents of a revision letter, and how I make the requested changes. Keep in mind that this is one writer's process, and not meant to imply that this is the only way, it's simply the way that works for me.

Click here if you want to read more )

And now it's time to study for my exam tomorrow. For those keeping score at home:

ALGOR MORTIS: the cooling of the body after death.

LIVOR MORTIS: the settling of blood in the lower regions of the body after death, sometimes refered to as lividity.

RIGOR MORTIS: the stiffening of the body after death. Note that maximum stiffness is achieved approximately 10-15 hours after death, and the body will remain in this state for 24-36 hours before relaxation begins.
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I have beer.

I have milano cookies.

I have a freshly printed copy of the revised manuscript for THE FINAL SACRIFICE, ready for the final read through. It was printed with track changes on, so it's in a teeny, tiny font, with colored highlights showing each change I've made.

Wish me luck, I'm going in.

ETA: Six hours later, and I've just turned the final page. And guess what? The book doesn't suck. In fact I actually like it. Who would have guessed?
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How to revise your novel, following the patented Bray method. Note that this method works best when performed by an experienced professional. There is no guarantee of success and the user assumes all inherent risks.

In order to complete this process, you will need the following supplies:
  • Reams of paper (enough for printing the entire novel at least five times)

  • Printer cartridges sufficient for above

  • Post-it tape flags and post-it notes

  • Chocolate

  • Alcohol

  • Friend
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