Masie Cochran of Tin House Recommends...

While some words, plot threads, and entire character arcs inevitably deserve to be left behind, writers don’t always look closely enough at what’s working—those elements of the manuscript that should be developed, expanded, or simply appreciated. So try this: Complete your next round of self-revision with a highlighter instead of a pen. Mooring yourself in the successes of your draft can help focus the direction of your narrative and reinvigorate your efforts. Once you have a clearer idea of where you’ve succeeded, you’ll see better where you haven’t. (Time to bring out the pen.)

Masie Cochran, editorial director, Tin House

Photo credit: India Downes-Le Guin