Revision: Diving Deep Into a Different World

Reading Natalie’s post, Finding My Audience, made me think about revision in a new way. I’ve also done what you’ve mentioned…revising for my critique group, my mother-in-law (great editor, that woman) and soon, my editor. Your post made me think about the need to revise for our readers. It’s definitely important that writers don’t lose sight of building the world of their characters in an authentic way to the readers’ experiences. I believe this happens organically when a writer climbs inside the scene that they are writing, experiencing the conflicts that their characters face, feeling their ever-changing emotions, touching what they touch, smelling the smells of their world. I think this is a higher level of writing, and one that is often achieved only through revision.

I just finished reading an amazing YA, THE RUBY NOTEBOOK, by fellow EMLA writer, Laura Resau. Her book jumped off the page for me, transporting me to France by taking me, as a reader, on a journey of the senses. Laura was in the moment as she wrote this book, and it shows. As I revise, my number one goal isn’t so much to think about my specific audience, but rather to bring the world alive to all of us, to touch the universal pains, joys, and desires that are a part of our experience as humans, regardless of age.


Filed under Editing and Revising, Editor, Publishers and Editors, Writing

3 responses to “Revision: Diving Deep Into a Different World

  1. Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    Hey, Lisa! The line, “I believe this happens organically when a writer climbs inside the scene that they are writing,” nails it, I think. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s when voice and character pour out of the pages. Nice post!

    I, too, love Laura Resau’s sense of setting–very rich! Setting is so important! When done well, it becomes a character all its own.


  2. Natalie Dias Lorenzi

    Perfect, L.B. I think that’s why some of the books and characters we read as kids still resonate with us now as adults. Laura’s books are indeed like this–I’ve read STAR IN THE FOREST, WHAT THE MOON SAW (both middle grade books) and RED GLASS. I may need to reread them before starting my own revisions. 🙂


  3. Thanks for the nice comments about my books, ladies! And having heard beautiful bits of your upcoming books, I have to say that you all succeed in bringing the worlds you create alive. I’m awaiting your debuts with bated breath…


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