Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Deleting = Revising, Right?

I've been working on a nonfiction book revision all day. So far, all I've really done is delete text. Extra words, sentences, and paragraphs must go.

I'll know more tomorrow (and then even more over the weekend when I read the thing fresh and do another pass to make sure I've covered everything I need to cover). But I'm actually thinking that in this case, the paring of the manuscript may in fact be the revision.

I say deleting counts.


Carmela Martino said...

Deleting definitely counts as revision, Lisa. Hope you end up pleased with your leaner manuscript.

M.A. Noeth said...

Very much agree! Deleting definitely counts! How often I hear that revision should not be considered writing time. I don’t agree with this at all. In my opinion revision often takes more writer brain. Thanks for the post.

:) M.A. Noeth