Revising fiction involves moving a piece closer toward some original vision (structurally, thematically, tonally, philosophically, linguistically), while being open to changing one’s notion of the piece in light of what is actually being written. This chapter begins by highlighting the importance of revision, taking into account the myriad approaches that authors take to writing fiction. It highlights ways in which revision is a fluid and continual process, something that can get lost in attempts to demystify the writing process for newer fiction writers. It then interrogates the common approach of treating fiction-writing as an artisanal task, and offers both practical revision strategies and pedagogical tips.
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