Dopamine Uptake Time!
What keeps writers from continuing to play and experiment with words and sentences?
“Brevity is honored in this world more than it ever was. I think that’s the whole reason that you revise.”
“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
― Cynthia Occelli
When I take words away, I increase the importance of the words that are left.
Revise the sentences below into one sentence. Note what actions you take to revise the sentences.
Once there was a little boy.
The little boy was named Neftali.
Neftali was a boy who loved wild things wildly.
Neftali was a boy who love quiet things quietly.
We have to focus on manageable and bit-sized chunks that kids can play with.
Great writing doesn’t always happen on the first attempt – nor should we expect it to – if we truly believe in the writing process.
It’s about the conversation. It’s ok to disagree.
The Vocabulary of Revision Decisions
Form New Verb Endings
Talk It Out