1. I used to tell my students that if JK Rowling reread her books, she’d want to change something. And I heard a great Ezra Klein podcast just the other day about revision. It’s the Nov. 9 one called Two Acclaimed Writers on the Art of Revising Your Life with Kiese Laymon and Tressie McMilan Cottom. I like thinking of life as constant revisions. Good luck with your revising and Happy Thanksgiving.

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  2. Rowling: definitely. If I had a nickel for every time she said Harry’s stomach hurt…I used to edit the prose as I read it aloud. And you’re right, too, that there’s lots to say about revising one’s life. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!


  3. Between vision issues and probably some mental wiring I’m a lousy proof-reader of my own work. I’m also increasingly rusty on punctuation rules I once learned over 50 years ago — but that’s me. A trick that’s saved me a thousand embarrassments in blogging text in recent years is that modern versions of Microsoft Word have a read aloud feature. Unlike my own voice — perfectly capable of reading my own text as I **intended** it — it reads what I actually wrote down and the “Ouches!” stand out.

    Anyway, looking forward to that book. We’ll agree ahead of time that it won’t be as good as the one you’d write with one more revision, and better than the one before the last revision 🙂


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