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The Four Perspectives: A System for Revising Everything from One Chapter to a Whole Manuscript
No creative task terrifies writers more than the task of revision. How do you know if what you have written is any good, or how to make it better?
The secret is that the writer must learn to hold multiple perspectives in her head. This means that she must first step back from the creative impulse needed to write. This is THE key editing skill, THE key revision skill, THE key concept you need to master to hook and keep your reader.
Writing is a completely different undertaking than revising. Writing is about creation, it’s about flow and it’s often unconscious. We often have no idea why we write what we write – and that is as it should be.
But once you step back to assess and improve the work, you have to bring a new kind of logic to the work. You have to consider multiple perspectives beyond that of the creator. Those perspectives include:
- You, the writer, the creator, the architect, the god of your story.
- You, the person who has lived a long life, who brings a billion experiences to bear on the work, the person who has opinions and biases and the burden of all kinds of knowledge.
- The reader, for whom you are crafting an experience.
- In fiction, the characters, who themselves have lived long lives, bring a billion experiences to bear on their life, who have opinions and biases and the burden of all kinds of knowledge
As a book coach, Jennie Nash helps writers gain the perspective they need to see their work in a whole new light, and write the best pages they can. In this workshop, she’ll teach you her tricks.
- Writers will understand the critical difference between writing and revising.
- Writers will gain the confidence they need to approach a daunting task.
- Writers will learn a revision system they can apply to a three-page sample or a 300 page manuscript.
Jennie Nash is the founder and chief creative officer of Author Accelerator, a book coaching program that gives writers the feedback, accountability and support they need to write their best books. Her own coaching clients regularly land top New York agents, national self-publishing awards, and book deals with houses such as Scribner, Simon & Schuster and Random House. She is the author of four novels, three memoirs, and one self-help book for writers.