Apologies everyone, I should have updated by now. I’ve been knee deep in revisions.

I’ve deepened the POVs, smoothed out the overall flow of the story, filled in minor plot holes, {had no major ones} tracked the character arcs and story arcs, cut repetitious actions, tightened most of the sentences. Some could use more tightening {which I’ve added to the list}, checked the tension, tracked how many times each word is used, dialog tags, and fad words.

Round one is done. Once my beta readers get back to me {within the week} I’ll start round two.

While waiting I’ve compiled a list of notes for round three. I like to prepare ahead of time. Overall what I’m listing won’t be affected by the beta reader’s feedback.  Cliches, {14 areas spotted in the entire 75K+ MS, and a couple of those were used more than once. } weak words, passive phrases, adverbs, that kind of stuff.  I’ve found only four places that need more description. That’s a relief.

As for cliches I didn’t think “sigh of relief”, “keep an eye on”, {5 times}, “patience is a virtue”, “a good soul”, or “off the wall” {twice} were cliches. Hm, we writers learn something new everyday.


I’m pleased with the overall progression.

My crit groups have been happy with the results. This weekend PNR crit group has our next round, and I’ve sent my next chapter in. I’ve got dedicated crit partners willing to take on the whole MS when I’m ready. I look forward to their feedback. I’ve submitted my next round for CC as well.

Meanwhile I’m cleaning up one of my short stories to ready for publications, and practicing some techniques I’ve received from editors. {Thanks ladies, your advice is always appreciated.}

Okay readers, what are some of the things you track down and fix in round one of your revisions? Do you do it all in one go, or as separate rounds? How many rounds? Do you focus on one thing at a time? Share some of your experiences with us.


About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

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