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The Eight Crafts Revision Management is the second book of the Eight Crafts series.
The Eight Crafts of Writing gives an overview of the writing crafts – the map. The Eight Crafts Revision Management is a manuscript revision guide and lays out a simple but thorough manuscript revision management method, including generic editorial questions and check-lists.
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Storytelling is both art and craft, authoring and writing.
Art and Authoring
Art is creativity. Creativity requires receptivity to the Muse and its inspirations.
Inspirations arrive as thought-images, which writers put into words. How to turn thought-images into words and assemble those into a structured story with vivid characters and an engrossing world is a matter of craft and skill.
Craft and Writing
The literal meaning of Kung Fu is a discipline achieved through hard work and persistent practice. Writing is Kung Fu.
Craft gives form to inspirations. Forms limit. Writers love the artistic side of writing, less so crafting, in particular, Story Outline. Writers are prone to procrastinating crafting.
But no limitations, no story. No canvas, no painting. No net, no tennis.
Understanding the difference between freedom and dominion helps to appreciate the constraints of craft. Freedom is a means to an end. We want to be free to do something, for example, to write a book. That’s all there is to freedom. Dominion, on the other hand, is mastery of structure.
How to Author and Write a Story
How should you proceed when the muse strikes and inspires you to write a story?
If a task is too complex, break it down into a series of small and manageable tasks.
The Eight Crafts revision management breaks down the authoring and writing phases as follows:
The Eight Crafts Navigation System explains and details these phases and includes checklists and control questions that you can use for WIP quality control.
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