Wow! You’ve completed a 1st draft. Well done! Now all that’s left is to get your story submission ready.

We call this phase: Revision and Editing. It’s your chance to “see” your story again. Ready? Let’s dive right in…

 
 

Revision Tip #1: Make sure you’ve answered the key W questions:

  • Who is your history hero?

  • What did they do that is, or was, significant?

  • When did they live? When did the event take place that they were caught up in?

  • Where did come from, live, work, or visit?

  • Why are they important, even if only to you?


Revision Tip #2: Keep your story short.

You final post should be no more than 750 words — even less, if possible. But feel free to include resources that extend your hero’s story beyond the content in your post. Include links to information you think your reader might like to know.


Revision Tip #3: Nuke the passive voice!

Trust us: passive voice = boring writing. Every time.

Here’s a tip to keeping your writing active: As you red through, wherever you find a sentence with the main subject following the word “by” — like this…

Bobby Riggs was beaten in three straight sets by Billie Jean King in the Battle of the Sexes.

…rewrite it, placing the subject where it should be: at the start of the sentence.

Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets in the Battle of the Sexes.

Much jazzier, right? That’s because it’s active. Works like a charm. Every time.

Revision Tip #4: Let your hero speak.

You must remember that some things legally right are not morally right.
— Abraham Lincoln

Did you discover any quotes, poems, photos, songs, videos, etc., while researching your hero?

Feel free to share them. We’ll link to them in your post.

Remember: If you use your hero’s exact words in you body text, put them in quotation marks. And be sure to cite the source where you found the quote.


Revision Tip #5: Lean on the help of a “2nd reader.”

We writers always think our work is done. But it never is. We often get too close to it to see the gaps in information or where there may be too much. Obtaining the opinion of a 2nd reader (you’re the 1st) can be super helpful, especially if they don’t know your hero as well as you do. You don’t have to accept their advice, you must be willing to listen. And if you’re unsure, ask for the help of a 3rd reader. If they make similar comments, chances are your readers are right.

Remember: Along with their opinions on your story content, also ask them to point out spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and problems with punctuation, too. Nothing like applying all the spit and polish you can before submission!


When you’re ready to submit: Click here!