The 5 Most Important Revision Tips I Learned from Margie Lawson’s Classes by Author Kourtney Heintz

Kourtney Heintz

1) The opening sentence of a book/chapter/scene should be hooking and make the reader curious enough to read onward.

Like any man, I loved my wife, but these 3 a.m. suicidal thoughts were killing me.

2) The closing sentence of a chapter/scene should never let the reader slip in a bookmark. You need to make the reader want to keep going. Cliffhangers, uncertainty, new questions, they need to be built into that final sentence.

I worked best under pressure–they’d never know how much.

3) There is a power to 3 in using the same word, phrase or sentence structure. Don’t stop at twice, make sure it’s 3 times.

I didn’t want the end of me. Over a girl like her. Or a friend like him. Or a father like mine.

4) Write fresh. Find a new way to describe something. Your readers will thank you.

My jackrabbit pulse began to tortoise.

5) Flow trumps everything.

This one you develop a feel for. When something feels clunky, get rid of it. When something is impeding the flow of words, cut it. When your beloved description messes up the pacing, erase it. Flow is the most important thing and it overrules everything else.

Author Bio:

Kourtney Heintz writes emotionally evocative speculative fiction that captures the deepest truths of being human. For her characters, love is a journey never a destination.

She resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, her supportive parents and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working on Wall Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amuck at night, imagining a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.

Her debut novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin, is a 2014 EPIC Ebook Awards Finalist, a 2013 USA Best Book Awards Finalist, and a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist.

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One Sentence Summary of The Six Train to Wisconsin:

When Kai’s telepathy spirals out of control, her husband Oliver brings her to the quiet Wisconsin hometown he abandoned a decade ago, where he must confront the secrets of his past to save their future.

Find Kourtney Online:

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22 thoughts on “The 5 Most Important Revision Tips I Learned from Margie Lawson’s Classes by Author Kourtney Heintz

  1. I am going to reblog this. It is very informative and helpful to me and all my readers who are editing novels. Thank you for sharing, Kourtney! Great job for posting this, Chris.

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  2. Excellent points and examples! I’m working on incorporating them into my WIPs. Especially the idea that a good novel contains no good stopping points for the reader. 🙂

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    • Thanks JM! Those are the ones I find myself using the most when I revise. Love the no stopping points one. It’s hard to do because I think we have a natural tendency to want to wrap something up at a chapter break.

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    • Hi Janet. I did a one day workshop with her and then downloaded all her self study packets. They are fantastic! And a much cheaper alternative to the online classes. 🙂 Congrats on you ABNA and EPIC ebook awards. 🙂

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