Today I'm excited to welcome author and readergirlz diva, Lorie Ann Grover to give us our first WEDNESDAY WHIP TIP!
Lorie Ann not only keeps readergirlz running smoothly, but she makes gorgeous art, writes verse novels and board board books, and started readertotz with fellow author/illustrator Joan Holub. Her process is especially fascinating to me because it's almost the precise opposite of mine: Lorie Ann starts with the bones of a story and builds up the layers. Here's what Lorie Ann has to say about revision:
Revision can be done in chunks and pieces, but I find to really grasp how well my additions are working, I have to block an entire day to read the work beginning to end. I'll do this maybe three times for each full scale revision. If the whole reading doesn't work, then of course I'm back to working on the chunks and pieces again. Revision is work, work, work!
Don't miss this: Lorie Ann's striking and lyrical novel, HOLD ME TIGHT, is a readergirlz postergirlz pick for June. Check it out!
You can also check out Jolie's blog for a WEDNESDAY WHIP TIP from Bruce Coville to whip your manuscript into shape, and come back tomorrow for tips from Kirby Larson and my editor, Catherine Onder. Go, Smackdowners! (And just in case you were wondering, I got through those 60 pages yesterday - woohoo!)