I have so much fun guest posting on the Elance blog. My latest post is on one of my favorite topics: revision. It's especially timely because of a report this morning that *gasp* Jane Austen had an editor!

Yes, they've found some hand-written manuscripts and it turns out things did not, as Ms. Austen's brother once claimed, "come finished from her pen". As if! What's more interesting than this so-called revelation is how shocked people are that some work might have been done on the pieces between draft and publication. It's called the writing process, people, and authors have been using it for years. Get over the shock and awe and try some revising yourself. Here are some tips from the aforementioned blog post:

3 Small Revisions, One Big Impact

Margot Carmichael Lester | October 26, 2010

Revising is often overlooked because we don’t think we have the time to devote to it and because most of us think we “revise” while we write. The truth is we just draft and use the backspace key. However, if you’re focused on certain “high-yield revisions”, you can make a piece better in minutes rather than hours. Here are three areas to focus on:

  • Beginnings.
  • Endings.
  • Pruning

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