Studio Feature: Laura Golden
“Readers often think that a finished book appears on bookstore or library shelves the way the author wrote it the first time out of the gate,” author Laura Golden says. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Girls on the It’s Your Story—Tell It! Journeys are learning how writing or telling a good story requires fine-tuning. Have you ever told someone a story and realized where the emotional, the funny, the attention-grabbing parts are—and retold that same story ramping up those things? That’s because you edited yourself and made your story even better by seeing how it impacted your audience.
Seniors earning their Novelist badge find out that editing is the most essential step in writing. One suggestion is to put away your work, at least for a day—the break will give you a chance to look at it with fresh eyes.
When Laura wrote her first draft of Every Day After, she says, “I took a short break, did other things I enjoyed. When I came back to it, I reread the entire story to imagine how I could make it better, clearer, more interesting.” That’s called revision. Many writers take a step back from their materials in order to put on an “editor’s hat.” This means questioning everything about the story, from word usage to structure. While editors will also do this for them, it’s an important skill for writers to have before they turn their stories over to a pro.
On The Studio, Laura offers her top-10 tips for revision, gives you examples of before and after edited work, and helps you write the story you dreamed of writing.