The 5 (maybe 6) Stages of Revision
For example, let’s say your editor has written in your editorial letter that your favorite scene doesn’t work and even slows down the pace of the book. So, with apologies to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, here are the five (maybe 6) stages of grief… I mean .. revision, you’ll probably go through:
1. Denial. “There’s nothing wrong with that scene!”
2. Anger. “There’s nothing wrong with that scene, damnit!”
3. Bargaining. “Okay, what if I have Mary bump into John as he’s leaving the theater?”
4. Depression. “I’m such a hack. I’ll never get this to work, and the publisher will decide to pull the book.”
5. Acceptance. “Damnit, they’re right. That scene doesn’t work.”
The 6th step, of course, is that you get over it and actually start writing a new scene. Like grief, the only way out is through. And the result is that you’re a better writer for it.
The League of Extraordinary Writers is a group of debut YA authors who write science fiction and dystopian works. The ten of us have works that run the gamut of near-future mind control to far-future space travel, but they do have one thing in common: a future where the Earth we know now is twisted, gone.