from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who revises.
- n. A person who verifies the quality of a translated text in professional translation project management.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who revises.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who revises, reviews, or makes corrections or desirable changes, especially in a literary work; hence, specifically, in printing, one who revises proofs. Also revisor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who puts text into appropriate form for publication
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A second proof is now taken which is put in the hands of another proof-reader (or "reviser") for revision.
Rumsfeld is yet another Bush administration reviser of history.
Similarly, anyway and however in dialogue are pretty reliable flares, indicating that the speaker has gotten off-topic and is trying to regain his point — thus warning the manuscript reviser that perhaps this dialogue could be tightened so that it stays on point.
The reviser could add some action to the opening — ideally, action that sets the tone for the scene to follow.
Yes, oh groaners, your surmise is correct: I am indeed about to tell you that a savvy reviser should pay as much attention to word, phrase, and concept repetition in dialogue as in narrative paragraphs.
What should a reviser do when confronted with dialogue that does none of these things?
How might a savvy reviser take this principle to heart?
The second reason a savvy reviser might want to produce a character list is that, frankly, most aspiring writers harbor rather fuzzy notions of how many named characters populate their books.
All a savvy reviser can do is — speaking of concept repetition — re-read his submission or contest entry IN ITS ENTIRETY, IN HARD COPY, and OUT LOUD before allowing it to see the inside of a mailbox or hitting the SEND key.
Okay, clap on your reading glasses and peruse the three widely disparate results conscientious reviser Noël might have produced in response to each of the marked-up pages above.
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