The Power of Perspective

The power of perspective is invaluable in resolving many business issues, but it’s especially useful when it comes to revising a book. That’s why I always advise my authors to take a break from their book after they have finished writing it so they can gain a new perspective on it before they begin the job of editing and revising.

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Revising your first draft

If your book has got stuck at the first draft stage, it’s probably because you are struggling to do your revisions before you send it off to an editor. Revising your first draft is one of the most difficult stages in writing a book, but one that can make all the difference to the quality and readability of the end product. It will also reduce the cost of editing because your editor will need to do less work for you.

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Reconnecting with your book

We all have breaks from writing from time to time, but reconnecting with your book after a break can be tricky if you don’t have a strategy to get back on track. Here are some steps to take to make that process easier and more effective.

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The importance of staying with the book-revision process

There are going to be days – maybe more than a few – when you struggle to work on your book. You will have doubts, feel overwhelmed and lose your way. When this happens, you need to remind yourself that if you are going to finish your book that you need to stay with the book-revision process.

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Adding text when revising your book

You may be wondering why you might need to start adding text after cutting so much out. The main reason is that when you take parts of your book out, you will start to see gaps that need to be filled and transitions between key points that need to be made.

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Cutting text when revising your book

The most important thing to remember when cutting text is to make sure you do it on the first read and to do it quickly. If you spend too long deliberating you will get stuck. Use your instincts too; they will often be your best guide when it comes to cutting your text.

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How to revise your book one draft at a time

Revising a book can be overwhelming so it is important to take it one step at a time, and ideally, you need to revise your book one draft at a time. When you focus on getting each draft better than the one before, you make progress without agonising over every word.

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How to improve your writing

Today, I have spent a great deal of time reading. As a writer, I value reading enormously. Not only do I gain the benefit of having some ‘input’ but I also have the chance to develop my own ideas and learn new information. Reading is a very important activity for us as writers because it…

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What to do when you have too much content

It is very easy to write a book that has too much content. This happens because the title is too general, the topic is too broad and the book that lacks any clear argument, angle or focus. What happens is that you literally write everything you know about a topic. As a result, the book you create is often boring to read and very difficult to finish because you keep thinking of something else to add. All is not lost, though, because cutting back the ‘everything’ book is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is make one key decision.

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Finish writing your first draft before you start doing revisions

It is far too easy to get stuck when you are writing. One glitch or change of mind can make you feel as if the whole project is flawed. However, that is rarely the case. Doubts and fears can bring on the kind of negative thinking that has you believe you need to abandon the whole book because one small part of it is not working.

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