You’ve heard of writing prompts, now we have revision prompts! Each prompt will give you a specific writing issue to check for in your WIP, along with tips on how to fix each. Going through this process one issue at a time will not only help polish your current novel but will also teach you specific ways to improve your writing for your next story.
FIND: Search your WIP for the word “walked.”
FIX: Replace most uses of “walked” with a stronger, more descriptive verb.
FIND: Repeat with the word “moved.”
WHY? – “Walked and “moved” are very generic verbs. Since you want to paint a picture for your readers, you need to choose words that reflect as precisely as possible the way a person moves.
Jaime walked across the parking lot.
Jaime strutted across the parking lot.
Jaime stormed across the parking lot.
He moved down the driveway.
He danced down the driveway.
He sauntered down the driveway.
One of the keys to publication is a willingness to learn. We hope our Revising Prompts will help you learn more about the craft of writing and speed you on your way to publication.