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March 14, 2016 / catherinebwrites

GOLDEN BUBBLE – 13

 

THE STASI INVESTIGATION

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At last you have got to the stage that most people would think of as the ‘real writing’.  This is when you make it look as though the writing was easy, like the words just flowed out of you.     This is where you have fun with the polishing, honing, refining, tightening and shaping.  But, to do that you have to become like the Stasi.

Remember the Stasi?   The East German Secret Police who investigated citizens in minute detail.   Now you have to investigate your writing like the most officious Stasi officer ever.  You need to question every word, every phrase, every sentence and every paragraph to make sure that each part is doing the job you want it to do.

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YOUR AIM NOW IS TO MAKE YOUR WRITING AS THRILLINGLY BEAUTIFUL AS THAT GOLDEN BUBBLE YOU IMAGINED AT THE START.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  1. Print out the second draft
  2. Ask yourself: “What is it about?”
  3.  Write down your answer
  4. Ask yourself:“What is it really about?”
  5. Write down your answer – by now it will be clearer to you.

 

READ YOUR SECOND DRAFT

As you read:

  • Mark everything that you think needs adjusting.
  • Make a note of any improvements that come to mind but avoid spending too much trying to decide what they should be.   Trust that your intuition will give you the answers by the time you get to the re-writing.

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MARK THE FOLLOWING

  • Mistakes in grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation
  • Things that need further clarification
  • Things that need cutting back
  • Things that need to expand
  • Information that is missing or misplaced.
  • Sections where the information needs to be reorganised
  • Mark anything you have even the faintest question/unease/query about

TAKE A BREAK  AND…

 

 

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