Thursday, February 8, 2018

Goddess Fish Presents: Revision is a Catherine E. McLean

Revision is a Process –
How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing
by Catherine E. McLean


GENRE: Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Non-Fiction



A first draft holds the possibility of what will be a great story. Revision turns that rough diamond into a spectacular gem worth a reader's money and time.

Writers are individuals but to be a producing writer means creating a system to revise and polish a work so the reader thoroughly enjoys the story. REVISION IS A PROCESS is a guidebook for writers and authors that shows how a simple 12-step process can be tailored to eliminate the most common and chronic maladies of writing genre fiction. This valuable guidebook contains secrets, tips, practical advice, how-to's, and why-to's for taking the frustration out of self-editing.



From Section 1, An Overview of Revision is a Process

. . . revision is a process .  A logical, straightforward process where you don't try to find and fix everything at once. Instead, you break the monumental task into component parts and focus on only an item or two at a time.

Okay, so the reality is that creative people,  especially writers, hate logic and straightforwardness. And it's a fact that logic and creativity have always been at war with each other. After all, creativity gives a writer a high like no other. It's the fun part of writing and storytelling.

On the other hand, revising, rewriting, and self-editing are linear, logical, objective—and not fun.

But necessary.

Ever so necessary if one intends to be commercially successful in the writing business.

Here's something I've learned about writing and self-editing—a writer should find a middle ground. That means having the logical part of one's mind work with the subconscious imagination (the creative self).

It's about adopting a different view of self-editing—calling it a process—and diligently organizing that process into small steps that can easily be done. This gives a writer confidence that they have polished their story and increased its marketability.

I strongly believe, and have seen, that revision-as-a-process enables a writer to use both their left (logical) and right (creative) brain to become even more creative.

That's because the writer not only tailors a one-of-a-kind process but they also develop their own revision master cheat sheets. As a result, the creative subconscious (the imagination) becomes aware of the pitfalls and glitches that must be checked for, and subsequently, little by little, the creative self dishes up better first drafts with far fewer errors.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Catherine E. McLean's lighthearted, short stories have appeared in hard cover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include JEWELS OF THE SKY, KARMA & MAYHEM, HEARTS AKILTER, and ADRADA TO ZOOL (a short story anthology). She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes lighthearted tales of phantasy realms and stardust worlds (fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal) with romance and advenure. She is also a writing instructor and workshop speaker. Her nonfiction book for writers is REVISION IS A PROCESS - HOW TO TAKE THE FRUSTRATION OUT OF SELF-EDITING.

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● Link to buy REVISION IS A PROCESS at Barnes & Noble:


One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card.

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Nikolina said...

Shared on G+ to help spread the word, good luck with the book tour!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it goes great for you :)

Catherine said...

Good morning! To my host, many thanks for featuring Revision is a Process today. I'll drop by periodically to answer questions or just chat.

Nikolina - Thank you so much for sharing the links to this post and the book.

Lisa - Nice of you stop by today, the tour has generated a lot of entries into the raffle. I wish you success in winning the $50 gift card.

Have a great day!

Gwendolyn Jordan said...

I enjoyed the post

Catherine said...

Hi, Gwendlyn,

I'm glad you found the post informative. Thank you for stopping by today. I wish you all the best with your writing.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post and awesome giveaway - thanks for sharing :)

Mary Preston said...

All very useful!!

Catherine said...

Hello, Victoria - thank you for stopping by!

Hello, Mary - It's always good to hear you found the information useful.

I wish both of you all the best with your writing.

Catherine said...

The day has gone by so swiftly. I again thank my host, Dina Rae, for having me as her guest today. I also thank each and every one who stopped by. Persevere toward your writing goals. Goodnight.

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