Revision – What is it good for? Books that help.

As many of you know I have a classroom visit coming up where I’ll be discussing revision and it’s importance.I thought I’d take a minute today to show you some of the books I use during my revision process. Some more than others, but all are very helpful in learning the fine art of revision.

What is revision good for? Communication. As writers our job is to communicate our thoughts, our story, to our readers.  Seeing as telepathy is hard to come by, we need to make sure that the story that we see in our minds is the same as the one on the page. Revision is the step required to get it there.

Over the years I’ve come across a number of books covering revision, revision techniques and tools.  In no particular order, here’s a list of the books I turn to for help.

fire in fictionFire in Fiction by Donald Maass




self editing




Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King

first five pages




The First Five Pages Noah Lukeman



novel metaNovel Metamorphosis by Darcy Pattison





breakout novel workbook



Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass




strunk and whiteThe Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White





The writers journey


The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler








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6 comments on “Revision – What is it good for? Books that help.
  1. Alan Tucker says:

    Great list! Never heard of a lot of these but I’ll be sure to check them out.

  2. ansha says:

    Thanks Alan. It’s been years of accumulation and word of mouth to get these books. They are all valuable in their own way.

  3. Good stuff, Ansha. I have two of the books you’ve listed above. Can’t say enough words about the importance of revision.

  4. This is a great leadership post, Ansha! Because…”It’s been years of accumulation and word of mouth to get these books.” Thanks for sharing what’s worked for you.

    • ansha says:

      Thanks Michelle. I’ve learned that as much as I would like to memorize all the knowledge contained in these books, my brain won’t do it. So I reread each craft book for each job I’m about to do for a manuscript. I read for pleasure, mostly on an ereader, but these are in paperback on my shelf!

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