Don't let a small crack go unnoticed in your manuscripts. Repair it before it causes a larger problem that takes even longer to fix. Find the problems that you know exist. Rework those scenes.
If you do, you can save yourself time and agony. Revising is a lot like a change of scenery, like getting a breath of fresh air after you've been in a stuffy room all day. In a picture book, even one word can make a difference between being polished and being almost there.
- Listen to the parts that seem off.
- Practice being sparse with your words.
- Prepare ahead of time by writing a short plot line.
- Look at weak verbs and replace with strong ones.
- Reorganize paragraphs to give a better flow.
- Cut unnecessary sentences.
- Don't be afraid to add new material when needed.
What have you done lately to revise? I just sent my first book out to the second publisher on my list. Six months of waiting. I'm hoping for a great Christmas this year...
Keep on keepin' on...