Jan 21, 2016 • 1HR 2M

14. Interview With Beth Revis

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This week JJ talks with New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis about her publishing journey, revision, how she learned to revise and critique, and what she’s reading and enjoying!

BETH REVIS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe trilogy, as well as The Body Electric, Paper Hearts, and the forthcoming A World Without You. She lives in the Appalachian mountains with her boys: one husband, one son, and two very large dogs. You can find out more on FacebookTwitter, or online. If you never want to miss a thing and also get exclusive insider opportunities, sign up for her newsletter here.

Show Notes

  • Our previous podcast episode about revision, as well as all the articles we've ever written about Revision on PubCrawl!

  • The podcast episode where we discuss the vagaries of The New York Timesbestselling lists

  • Learn to revise by editing! Beth learned to revise by practice, and by critique other people's work. JJ learned to revise by editing other people's manuscripts.

  • Creation vs. Discovery writers, or rethinking the Plotter vs. Pantser dynamic by JJ

Beth's method of revision

  • Approach your booze of choice.

  • Make up a list of all the changes that need to be made.

  • Take out all the compliments.

  • Work chronologically through the manuscript.

  • Beth uses the split screen function on Scrivener, with the old version on top and new on bottom.

  • Go through the list of changes and work page by page.

What We're Working On

[box type="alert"]Just to let you guys know, both JJ and Kelly will be doing an AMA at the /r/YAwriters subreddit on MONDAY, JANUARY 25TH. Come and ask us questions about publishing, revision, and whatever else might cross your mind![/box]

What We're Reading

Off Menu Recommendations

  • Jessica Jones (TV show)

  • Daredevil (TV show)

  • Bojack Horseman (TV show)

  • We Bare Bears (TV show)

  • Steven Universe (TV show)

  • Adventure Time (TV show)

Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice

Your enemy is the blank page. When it comes to writing, there’s no wrong way to get words on paper. But it’s not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won’t make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:

  • How to Develop Character, Plot, and World

  • What Common Advice You Should Ignore

  • What Advice Actually Helps

  • How to Develop a Novel

  • The Basics of Grammar, Style, and Tone

  • Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure

  • How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel

  • How to Deal with Failure

  • And much more!

That's all for this week! Next week we return to our regularly scheduled PubCrawl podcast posts and discuss X MEETS Y, or THE HIGH CONCEPT IDEA.