Revising Hansel and Gretel

I’ve had Hansel and Gretel up here for awhile. I also put it on Wattpad because I heard that’s a good way to reach a young adult audience. It’s on Wattpad with probably the worst cover in the history of covers because I pasted something together in Publisher.

Yep, I did that. I’m here to say I know better now. A year into having a published book I’d like to think I’ve learned a few things.

One thing I’ve learned is that I’m an outliner. I go through all of the traditional steps of the writing process one at a time, and my favorite phase is revising. I love revising. I count on it. It’s when the story really becomes what I want it to be. The part before revising is stressful and the part after (yes, even the release) is kind of anticlimactic for me.

I recently read through a friend’s (Joshua Robertson’s) book and helped him rework a few things in preparation for his release next month. Then I took a look at Hansel and Gretel in preparation to revise it for official self-publication.

Good news: I’ve learned A LOT about writing and I’ve been able to help others with that knowledge. Bad news: I learned it all mostly after I wrote Hansel and Gretel.

So, for those of you who love writing and have any interest in the writing process and what it’s like in preparation for publication, I will be sharing my process for this novella. You’ll get to see my notes and changes for the first three chapters all the way to publication. I might even be able to talk a professional editor into taking a turn on it in exchange for the exposure so you can see the value of that step as well. (Any takers?)

This won’t be on a regular schedule because my writing doesn’t follow a regular schedule. Stay tuned…


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