Friday, April 27, 2012
Revision: links to authors who share early drafts
I'm always fascinated at how different writers revise their manuscripts.
I gave examples in a past post about Lewis Carroll and also shared my rainbow manuscript revision technique.
I recently found out that CBCC of University of Wisconsin placed Ellen Raskin's drafts of The Westing Game online. (The Westing Game won the Newbery award in 1979.)
Here's a link to the drafts and to the audio of Raskin talking about her manuscripts!
The information and background about the book design (Raskin was very involved) is fascinating. (The first printing was shredded.)
The working notes and intro to the project are also excellent.
Deep revision for me often means cutting characters, adding characters, changing plot points, strengthening desire lines, and once *gasp* changing the premise, which meant rewriting that entire novel. Deep revision also includes cutting chapters and writing new chapters and scenes.
Below are links to other authors who share their revision process. All their examples are excellent.
Janni Simner posted various versions and an excellent analysis of the opening paragraphs of her short story, "Song for Two Voices" in 2005. In this post she also talks about finding the right voice for this story. She often shares thoughts about revision on her blog.
Melissa Marr shared early drafts from pages in her notebooks in 2009. See here and here.
More recently, earlier this year, Maggie Stiefvater shared her some of her revisions on her blog.
She also asked other authors to share their revision thoughts and process: Stiefvater gives links on her blog to ten authors who share their drafts.