By Nancy Holder
There is a secret at the end of this blog post.
Over the years that I’ve been teaching, I’ve found that the most difficult skill for most students to develop is revising. Revision means to take what you’ve got, give it a long, hard look, and then to see it a different way—to re-envision it.
This is not the same as editing your work. That means to make changes to what’s already on the page. Shifting the point of view from first to third is an editorial change. Rewriting the material so that the protagonist becomes a secondary character and the antagonist becomes the protagonist is a revision.