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Leveling Up

Harnessing Revision to Make the Good Even Better

Heather Webb

I’m a freelance editor as well as an author and a reader, so revision is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. I like to think of the editing process as the point where we lavish our stories with love, pruning and fine-tuning our words so that the manuscript ripens into a novel. As it happens, I just recently finished my third novel. Since I had pushed in a slightly new direction from my other two books, this story challenged me in ways I hadn’t experienced before, resulting in a lengthy revision process. I tangled and toiled, reworked and reread. At times, I felt like I was wandering in the dark, unsure if I was headed in the right direction. But I did know one thing: ...

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