In most blog tours, a single author appears on a variety of blogs, moving around the Internet and allowing the readers of those blogs get to know the author.

In the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour, the authors stay on their blogs and it's you, the reader, who takes the tour.

Each month, our participating authors from around the world agree to blog on a single topic throughout the month. By following the links in each month's post, you'll discover a whole bunch of new authors in a variety of genres, levels of experience, and styles of writing.

We hope you enjoy the trip and come back each month for a new spin around the globe.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Revision or Did I Really Write That?

Revision is important. You learn it in grade school and it gets drilled into you throughout high school and college. It's purpose is to catch your mistakes, make the necessary grammar and punctuation corrections etc.

Read more on my blog....

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Top 10 Tips For Revising Your Manuscript

1. Let The Draft Sit – for a week or two before attempting revisions will often provide a fresh eye. Read more on The Literary Hub 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Revision, revision, revision

October is a good month to discuss revision. It is such an important step in the writing process.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Revision, My Friend

I think a lot of writers would agree with me if I admitted my best work happens during revision. Sure, ideas are great. First drafts on the other hand, or more properly *my* first drafts, just never nail it. When I’m initially writing something what I’m generally doing is writing down the bones. I write like one might build a house. First you lay the foundation. Then you put up your frame. Then you add your wiring and plumbing. Then the walls go up and finally — at the very end — you add a coat of paint. I know, it’s probably not the best analogy, but it works. Continue reading...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Revision--The Fun Part of Writing

Revision--for some writers it is a dirty word that they don't want to talk about. Some novice writers don't even do it. Their excuses might run like these: "My writing is good and I've spelled everything correctly so I don't need to revise." "I revise as I go along. When I'm done, I'm done." Can you say Ego Trip? Even Stephen King revises.

So, what exactly is revision? Read more at my blog: About Books, Writing, and More

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Finding the Breaks in the Levee

I’ve covered a lot of different topics so far this year. Recently, I’ve concentrated on other’s writings. Through it all, of course I expected you to continue working on your own scribbles.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011


Is there any consistency in my approach to revision and rewriting? Certainly! One thing has never, ever changed: every story I write has demanded its own unique approach to revision and rewriting, so I've learned not to worry if I can't do things the same way twice. (Continue reading on my journal.)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This isn't what I wrote!

...Then another problem rose – I had real life. With writing I just did it whenever I got the flash going, but with editing, having half dead brain in the morning meant I made more mistakes than repaired them. So now I had to plan it ahead for times best suited. Here is where binding my manuscript came handy. With this I didn’t have to rely on my pc all the time and I could do it almost everywhere. Read more on my blog.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Revising fiction has always been tough for me.  It still is, but here's how I'm dealing with it.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I love editing

I love editing

No really, I do.  I love being able to take a story and nudge it closer to what I first imagined.  Many of you have seen my line -- the only story you can't fix is the one you never write.  I truly believe that, though I'll concede that authors may have an occasional story that would take more time to fix than is worth the effort. 

Or that can be a convenient excuse and some authors give up too easily.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Got Your Revision Right Here...

It’s interesting that this month’s Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour topic is about revisions. I just finished a monster revision / writing project in August. Excellent timing! Back in 2005 I wrote a novel called Broken Trails about two women who come together during the Last Great Race - the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. (Actually, the novel was untitled and remained so until about a year ago.) I love the Iditarod, and read everything I could get my hands on about it. Others enjoyed the online version, and I received a great deal of praising emails. But not everybody. See more at my website, In Shadows.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

on revision

I dread revision. Think of it this way: you spend several days with a manuscript you don't like all that much, read it, re-read it, cut it up, and try to patch it back together into something resembling sanity. It's time consuming, and painful. Revision is an activity I compare to first date dilemmas: What do I say? What do I do? Should I keep my hands in my pockets the whole time? What if she wants to pay? Read more on my blog...

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Joys of Revision

First, my apologies for my late post on the Merry-Go-Round-Blog-Tour.  The holiday weekend got away from me and I completely forgot that the 10th of the month was my day to write.  Ack!

So here are my thoughts on revision.

It may make me an odd duck amongst my writing friends, but I absolutely love the revision process. (continue reading on the Once in a Blue Muse blog)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

revision is writing

I spent years trying to learn how to outline so my first drafts would be cleaner and I wouldn't have to spend so much time on revision. It took several complete disasters to make me realize that for me, revision is the writing process... Read the rest at Cowgirl in New England.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Revising my opinion

One thing I've learned over the past several years of writing is that the way I write doesn't stay the same, nor does the way I edit. Nor, fortunately, has my attitude about what I already know. Find out how everything has changed on my blog.