"With rousing enthusiasm, David Michael Kaplan introduces you to his unique brand of revision: a process of discovery in which your story's words, structure, even its very meaning may change as it grows stronger." "He takes you through every stage of the writing process, providing strategies and criteria to help pinpoint the problems in your work and fix them." "In addition to illustrating his points with examples from contemporary writers, Kaplan traces the evolution of three of his own stories from journal entries to first (and subsequent) drafts to finished pieces. He shows the changes he made - from single words to entire characters and story lines - and explains why he made them."--BOOK JACKET.
1. Why Revise?
2. Revising Before Writing
3. Revising While Writing the First Draft
4. First Revisions, and Openings in Particular
5. Cutting What's Not Essential
6. Adding What Is Essential
7. Rearranging the Plot
8. Revising Endings
9. Revising Your Prose for Power and Punch
10. Putting It All Together, Getting Help, Being Stuck, Giving Up
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