Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How I Edit

Today's post comes via YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday, which asks "How do you approach editing/revising? Any tips or tricks or resources you can share?"

I didn't participate in NaNoWriMo this year (thanks, Cybils!), but I thought I would share a cartoon I drew while deep in the throes of editing last January, which is probably the best way I can possibly define my editing process. Enjoy!

This is my story

This is sort of how it looks on the first draft

So then I



Sometimes it can get away from me

and sometimes I wonder if parts are too straightforward

or if my language is too fancy

or not fancy enough

Mostly, I don't want it to look like this

or make me feel like this

So I'll keep plugging along

and hope to get to this


  1. LOVE IT! Great images for your points.

  2. love the drawings. Thanks for sharing

  3. Ahhh! These drawings are PERFECT! (You are talented!) I always think of my revisions in a kind of similar way---as though my story is a wrinkled shirt and I'm ironing it out.

  4. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by!

  5. I love that you drew cartoons for your answer. Really great visuals!