Each revision is an elevation, a power unafforded to the spoken word, the genius behind every masterpiece.

TV Tropes Wiki Magic and Asynca

So, as a part-time Troper and a fan of Asynca’s fanfiction, I was naturally curious about what they had on her fiction and original writing there. As of right now, only TCLY really has a page, and it’s bare bones, to say the least.

So, I’m posting the link here:, for any of my Troper followers or others who want to edit the page to be less completely empty.

It makes me kind of sad that something so great and so life-changing (For me, at least) doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. Editing it on TV Tropes and putting in a lot of wicks between it and other pages would, I think, draw more attention to it.

I must remind myself—

they can’t tell that I didn’t write this bit immediately after that one

the six months where I ignored the manuscript are not visible to the naked eye

the bit where I put my head in my hands and muttered “I have no idea what I’m doing” takes place in the single space between the period and the next capital letter.

As soon as I shove that character in, she has always been there

and someone will probably say that she’s the emotional center

and the book couldn’t have been written without her

and nobody will know that I thought of her three thousand words from the end and scrolled up and shoehorned in a couple of paragraphs near the beginning because, for whatever reason, the story needed an elderly nun

she was almost the cook

and for about ten minutes she was the earnest young village priest

and now she has been there since you started reading.

I am sanding down the places where my editor found splinters

kicking up a fine dust of adjectives and dropped phrases

(Wear a breath mask. Work in a well-ventilated area. Have you seen what excess commas can do to your lungs?)

and eventually it will all be polished to a high shine

and hopefully when someone looks into it

they’ll see their own face reflected back

instead of mine.



Should you edit as you go along?

dragoninatrenchcoat asked:

Hey! I’ve been working on a novel for a while, and my process was to just start writing and let it iron itself out. Now I’m 20k words into this book and I have a really good handle on what it is and where it’s going—but some of the scenes I’ve written are inappropriate, written from a POV character I’ve abandoned, and/or just plain factually wrong. Should I just keep writing and fix it later, or should I go back right now and fix it all because of how incredibly wrong it is? Thanks!

Haha, I was just thinking about your question when I came across this quote by Lauren Beukes that sums it up perfectly:

Finish the damn book. Nothing else matters. Stop second guessing yourself and write it through to the end. You don’t know what you have until you’ve finished it. You don’t know how to fix it until it’s all down on the page.

Keep writing and fix later! I think about writing first drafts as the part of the process where, if you were a sculptor, you’d be collecting all of your clay (the words being the clay). Once you have all of your clay in a big enough lump (ie, you’ve reached your word count goal), you can start shaping the lump into the beautiful, finished sculpture that it will become.

A lot of writers will even hammer out a whole first draft and then start the whole process over, making changes to their second write-through based on what they discovered in that first draft. I think the reason people usually recommend writing through a first draft is because if keep going back to edit before you’ve finished, there’s a good chance you’ll get stuck doing that and never actually finish your story. Also, the scenes that you find inappropriate now may not be once you’ve completed the story. You need the perspective that comes from standing at the end of the story.

Now, there are some writers who will read back over what they wrote the day before and make minor changes before embarking on the day’s writing. For example, Joan Didion talks about doing that in this interview. But I think that probably works because she’s only looking at what she wrote the day before, and she’s only making minor edits (I’d guess more line edits than anything else). But the organization of that process keeps her from getting caught up in infinite loop of back editing.

So yes, carry on! Especially since you feel strongly that you know where your story is headed—that’s awesome. Good luck & hope this helps!

This article will be archived on our Writing Advice page, under the heading “Editing”.

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anonymous asked:

A lot of people ask for advice regarding the first draft, but what about when you're starting the second? Do you have any tips? I started mine a few weeks ago and I've been feeling so overwhelmed every time I sit down to work on it.

Step One: Wait

If you haven’t done so already, you should hold off on starting your second draft once you finish your first one. Starting right away can make you tired of your story and you may have trouble seeing issues.

I can’t tell you how long you should wait since the “right time” differs by person, but I would put one week as a minimum. Some people wait several weeks or even months. Many writers will work on another project during this time to get their mind on other things.

Distancing yourself from your first draft is important because when you go back to it for major revisions, you want a fresh mind and you want to forget some of the details. You want to pretend that you didn’t write whatever you’re reading. It helps with making critiques.

Step Two: Read Through

Read through your first draft when you’re ready to start your second. Many people highly recommend printing out your manuscript because editing on paper allows more freedom and it seems more “foreign” than the digital version. However, this can be daunting for some people.

This is a quick read. Do not sit down and look over every single detail.

While you are reading, do the following:

  • Outline: Make an outline while you are reading. You can do this by scene, by chapter, by plot point, as a synopsis, whatever. This will help you with organization. You should also include a timeline and details such as when important information is revealed, who knows what and when, when characters are introduced, and other details. To start with your outline, it can be helpful to write a summary of each chapter after you read it. After you’ve read and created an outline, rewrite the outline into something more coherent. Don’t be afraid to change it.
  • Big Picture Comments: Go into your second draft thinking of the big things. Make comments on the plot (any plot holes? does it make sense? can it be stronger? should some things happen earlier? do you need to foreshadow?) and on characters (are they flat? is characterization consistent? do you want them in that scenes?). Think about the order of scenes. Think about combining scenes. Think about omitting scenes. Think about changing large parts of the plot or taking out characters. 
  • Small Errors: IGNORE small errors like grammar mistakes, punctuation mistakes, and misspellings. Ignore too-big paragraphs or awkward sentences. There is absolutely no point in fixing these when you’re just going to rewrite the whole thing.
  • Important Details: If you find plot holes, if you want to change a character motive, if you want to change world building details, or if you want to change/fix/omit anything else that is not major but still important, make a note about it.
  • Impromptu Decisions: If you came up with something as you were writing your first draft and you just stuck it in, take notes on how you can revise your manuscript to include that thing. For example, if you created a plot twist, you might want to foreshadow it in your second draft.

Step Three: Writing

Your second draft gets its own document. Do not just go into your first draft and change things. Rewrite the whole thing. Do not go directly off the first draft. You can reuse things you like, but try to start from scratch if you know your story needs massive revisions.

When you begin writing, schedule and plan ahead. Plan to do one scene or one chapter at a time. Pay attention to these sections. Write them with care. Your first draft was directionless, but this time paying careful attention to details and to prose will help you. Focus on one thing at a time. Take notes as you go along.

Unlike the first draft, you can go back and edit this one as you go along. Once you finish a section, you should reread it and take more notes or make changes. However, it does not need to be perfect. Also: always keep track of the changes you make in plot and characterization.

Step Four: Break #2

Take more breaks when rewriting. This could be after every chapter, or 1/3 through, or 1/2 through. Taking a break while writing will give you more distance, more time to think, and it will give you a fresher mind when you return. If you power through the whole thing, you might start to get tired of rewriting, thus leading you to slack off at the end.

Step Five: Major Revision

The second draft is a major revision. Some writers end up writing a second draft that barely resembles the first draft. Do not confine yourself to the first draft. Anything can change. Do not be afraid to deviate.


MINI TUTORIAL - “Out of the way, I want that background!”

1. Choose a shot where all the parts of a background can be visible throughout the duration of the shot/s.

2. Copy the shot so that you have two. 

3. Mask the space where there is nobody yet (make sure you do this on the top layer). 

4. Freeze/pause that layer!

5. Go to a point in the timeline when the character/s are all “under” the top layer, and then freeze/pause that layer too. 

DONE!! Esmeralda is gone! :D

This is just one way to remove characters from a movie. It becomes more difficult the moment when the characters you want to erase never move, when there are more people or when the background is moving too. But that is for another day. ;)

Hopefully this was somewhat helpful! Good luck! :D

Here’s a revision tip for you: Consistency.
During the editing process, keep an eye out for the terms that you use during the story. Are you using the same terminology throughout? It may not seem like a lot, but jumping back and forth with terms can really put off your reader. During my messy first drafts I make *tons* of little mistakes like that, and I make it a point to write down the ones I notice and fix them during the revision. Consistency is key! Use the find+replace function of your writing software to your advantage! 😎✨
Of course, it should go without saying that this is something to worry about ONLY during the revision process. I personally don’t bother checking during the first draft, why? Because it’s easier to just find+replace later. And, as I’ve said a million times: during the first draft your job is ONLY to write. Cleaning and editing can wait. I hope that helps~ 😊
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