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.


Like this:


What to find on the page


Recent thoughts on journalism, part 3


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

  2. Oh, I feel your pain.

  3. Julia

    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

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

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

  7. Juliann

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

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

  9. 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. 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. 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

    Nice. At least the pen is a happy color!

  13. T.S.-
    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!

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