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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter Twelve

Revision as Ritual

“On the last drafts, I focus on the words themselves, including the rub of vowels and consonants, stressed and unstressed syllables. Yet even at this stage I’m often surprised. A different ending or a new character shows up and I’m back to where I began, letting the story happen, just trying to stay out of the way.” —Ron Rash

If writing a story is like building a piece of fine furniture—and let’s say that it is—then congratulations. You’ve sawed the wood, carved the flourishes, assembled the pieces, glued them in place, stained and sealed the whole thing. Now it’s time to wax. This is the polishing part of the process—and how you approach the polish determines how beautiful the final product will be. It may also ...

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