19.05: LIVE Recording - Revisions with Mahtab Narsimhan

Season 19 | Episode 5
20m | Feb 4, 2024

Some writers love revisions and some would rather scrub the toilet than revise their writing. On this episode, we are joined by author Mahtab Narsimhan, who many will recognize as a host from past seasons! Mahtab talks with our hosts about how she thinks about revisions. How do you revise your writing? What is the difference between revising and rewriting? Mahtab describes her favorite techniques and provides tips to make it more manageable. 

Homework Assignment from Mahtab Narsimhan:

Take the first 3 chapters of your finished draft and distill it by 1) Chapter 2) Scenes 3) Key plot points per scene 4) POV 5) Setting 6) Time of day/timeline 7) How many pages per scene and/or chapter. 

Thing of the Week: 

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Liner Notes: 

The Revision Template that Mahtab mentions is a free resource on our Patreon! You can find it at

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Credits: Your hosts for this episode were Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. It was produced by Emma Reynolds, recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.

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