Editing Your Work: 4 Easy Tips for Creating Distance from Your Text

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Creating Distance from Your Text

So you’ve been writing lots of cool new stuff and now it’s time to think about revision. When you’re in the editing phase, you must find a way to create distance from your text, to see it with fresh eyes. And it’s not always easy to see your work with fresh eyes—it can feel like looking for your sunglasses when they’re on your head! The best way to create distance, of course, is actual distance. There’s nothing more revealing than a month away from your work. But there are other ways to create distance if you don’t have the luxury of time.

Read it out loud. When you use your ear rather than your eye you can “hear” when the rhythm is off. If you stumble over a word in your spoken delivery, chances are that word is awkwardly placed. If you cut or add words in the spoken delivery, cut or add them on the page. If you find yourself amending the text as you read it, pay attention. Your subconscious is giving you clues.

Change the font Sometimes something as simple as a font change can change how we “see” our work. I change the font several times in the process of revision–it’s fun and keeps it fresh. The more distance I need to create, the wilder the font.

Print it out. In our electronic world printing your work out might seem like a waste of paper. Print it out anyway. Just as changing the font allowed you to “see” your words differently, printing it out and holding it in your hand will change the dynamic for you completely and make it a “tangible” thing.

Read it backwards. Not word for word backwards but go backwards in chunks. This is especially good when you are editing at the sentence level. Notice what happens when you read it backwards—and notice how alternate endings start jumping out at you. Pretend that the perfect ending for your story is already in there, buried in the middle somewhere. Watch your sentences come unglued in a good way.

Join me for my Editing Flash Fiction Masterclass
Dec 28–Jan 17
Regular price $149–only $125 until Dec 8–ends TOMORROW!

OR

Writing Flash Fiction Self-Paced Class (DIY)
for $89 in the month of December!
(Regular price $97)

To your success!
xoxo
Nancy

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FlashNano 2018: You Did It! Now What?

You Did It!

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Now what??

First celebrate!
Then rest.

P.S. All 2018 prompts will stay up all year HERE:

On a roll? Want more??

Keep going!
FlashNano participants can take my
Writing Flash Fiction Self-Paced Class
for $89 in the month of December!
(Regular price $97)

OR

Want to refine and revise these stories in December?
Join me for my Editing Flash Fiction Masterclass
Dec 28–Jan 17
Regular price $149–only $125 until Dec 8!
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It’s been my sincere pleasure guiding you through our 7th FlashNano! Thank you for trusting me! And remember: if you wrote even ONE story this month that you wouldn’t have written…
That’s a win!
To your success!
xoxo
Nancy

Two Opportunities: Editing Masterclass and Colorado Writing Retreat!

Are you ready to edit your flash fiction in December?

Editing Flash Fiction Masterclass

                                                December 28-January 17
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Editing is the most important part of the writing process. As serious writers, you know it’s through the editing process that we refine and sculpt our messages.But just as writing flash fiction requires a different set of skills, so does editing flash fiction.

Participants should have a basic understanding of flash fiction and come to the class with pieces already in progress. Each participant will have the opportunity to submit 1-2 stories per week. This is an online workshop format class with limited space.

Earlybird special: Regular price $149– $125 until December 8!

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And…

Did you miss out on our Colorado retreat last August?

Flash Fiction Summer Camp in the Rockies

  August 14-18, 2019
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How does communing with your fellow writers in a rustic setting in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains sound? How about a chance to clear your mind at high altitude, open your mind to creativity and expansion and take in the “grand” view?

This year Nancy Stohlman and Kathy Fish have chosen beautiful Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge in Grand Lake, Colorado for their summer retreat! Grand Lake is just 1.5 hours north of Denver and is in one of the prettiest areas of Colorado, adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park.

We’ll spend four days and nights with mountain air, lakeside views, skies full of stars and lots of flash fiction. We’ll generate stories, we’ll sculpt stories, we’ll rest, we’ll share, we’ll conference and we will be inspired together in the beauty of late summer in Colorado, under the August meteor showers. We may even spot some wildlife!

Find out more here

We’d love to have you!

xoxo Nancy and Kathy