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REVISING WRITING. Creating images, emotions, and voice with your words. USE STRONG VOCABULARY. Have your vocabulary list at your side -use words when they are appropriate, not if they stick out. Use a thesaurus to eradicate repetition not to sound sophisticated

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revising writing

REVISING WRITING

Creating images, emotions, and voice with your words

use strong vocabulary
USE STRONG VOCABULARY
  • Have your vocabulary list at your side -use words when they are appropriate, not if they stick out.
  • Use a thesaurus to eradicate repetition not to sound sophisticated
  • stay away from empty words that convey no image: pretty, beautiful, nice
grab the reader
GRAB THE READER
  • Create catchy, cool first line to entice reader.
  • End with conscious power.
  • Create a believable, clear voice.
create scenes not summaries
CREATE SCENES NOT SUMMARIES
  • Use believable dialogue. Stay away from “said.”
  • use all senses to pull reader into the scene
  • Show don’t tell: details, details, details!
add description
ADD DESCRIPTION!
  • Infuse writing with detailed adjectives and adverbs.
  • Create novel metaphors and similes - these clever comparisons make the reader visualize.
  • Use specific concrete images that you could photograph, not vague or abstract ones.
  • Use as many senses as possible.
alter sentence structure for fluidty
ALTER SENTENCE STRUCTURE FOR FLUIDTY
  • Look at all sentence beginnings. Start with prep. phrase, adv., adj., participial phrases, and adv. clause for change in structure.
  • Change length of sentences: some complex, some very short for emphasis.
check all verbs
CHECK ALL VERBS
  • Omit all boring verbs: went, come...
  • seek verbs that create images: trudge, clamber, undulate, grope, wriggle, simmer
  • cooking verbs are often descriptive and metaphoric: dice, blend, percolate, slice...
know your character
KNOW YOUR CHARACTER
  • Be able to give a clear visual description - weave the details in through dialogue and narrative
  • Know what clothes your character would wear, what s/he would eat for breakfast, for a snack…
  • Know what your character’s strengths and weaknesses are
use foreshadowing and symbolism
USE FORESHADOWINGAND SYMBOLISM
  • Think about clever names for characters that might reveal something about them
  • Plant seeds if something bad is going to happen through weather, dialogue, use of color, etc.
  • Use seasons and weather symbolically
  • Choose Biblical references: rains to wash away sins or evil, gardens as innocent, etc.
point of view
POINT OF VIEW
  • Consciously choose a point of view: first person, third person, or third person limited
  • Try changing it after you finish to see which point of view creates a stronger piece
choose format
CHOOSE FORMAT
  • Think about alternative ways of telling the story:
  • letters
  • newspaper articles
  • e-mails
  • poetry