And I thought Track Changes were bad…


This is what my revision process looks like. Not all of it has happened on printed pages, though. So picture that, inside my head. Times 300 or so pages. Yeah.


13 responses to “Markup”

  1. T. S. Bazelli Avatar

    It looks a lot like mine when I’m revising :( It’s normal!

  2. Jessica Baverstock Avatar

    Oh, I feel your pain.

  3. Julia Avatar

    That looks remarkably like the inside of my head, only it’s in 3-D. What I can’t figure out is, who is that person with the pink marking pen and why does she keep writing all over my brain.

  4. Ben Avatar

    That’s about what mine looks like, except your handwriting is way nicer than mine, and you don’t have any doodles of horses or ducks.

  5. linda Avatar

    YOU HAVE SUCH NICE HANDWRITING! < this is what i think every time i see a photo with your writing, haha :)

  6. Shari Avatar

    I agree with Linda – that’s always my first thought about your writing, too. At least the revision craziness looks pretty? ;-)

  7. Juliann Avatar

    I think it might be easier to just start from scratch! ;)

  8. Jenn Avatar

    That’s a sight that will make any editor smile :)

  9. Anthony Lee Collins Avatar

    I work less and less on paper, but that’s about what it used to look like. Except, of course, for the handwriting :-)

    And mine used to be multicolored. Each set of comments in a different color.

    Nowadays it’s comments and more comments in Kindle files. Not that different, really.

  10. kaye Avatar

    There’s a kind of quiet beauty in the marking up of a story; layers and layers of thoughts. I know that editing is hard and frustrating, but I find this kind of beautiful.

  11. Natalia Sylvester Avatar

    I love this. Proof that writing isn’t always perfect–it’s messy and a little all over the place and full of do-overs, but beautiful all the same.

  12. Becky Wallace Avatar

    Nice. At least the pen is a happy color!

  13. Kristan Avatar

    Is it? Haha dunno if that’s comforting or alarming.


    You know, I’ve never been much of a doodler. As a student, I was too Type-A for that — couldn’t stand little pictures and scribbles ruining my notes. And now as an adult, I dunno, I guess I’m just not fun. :P

    Linda and Shari-
    Haha thanks!

    Oh don’t tempt me…

    Your comment made me smile!

    Oh man, I don’t think I could type fast enough on a Kindle to be satisfied with that route. Power to you, though!

    *smile* Your comment = perfection.

    Natalia and Becky-
    So true!