Although it may be one of the most important tasks a writer undertakes, revision very often seems too overwhelming: where do I begin? how can I discern between what’s truly necessary and what’s merely interesting? The latest issue of WOW! (Women on Writing’s monthly e-zine) features a very useful article on this topic that any writer will find helpful.
The article, entitled “How to Trim the Fat from Your Manuscript,” offers guidelines that are both concrete and specific, with examples and references to boot. We have heard these things before, but it’s easy to forget them and difficult to apply them when it comes to our own work. “How to Trim the Fat” presents them in a way that’s easy to digest and maybe even a tiny bit inspirational. When it comes to revising, goodness knows most of us can use all the help we can get!