Revising a Novel: Step Away From The Blue Pencil! Audio Download

Revising a Novel: Step Away From The Blue Pencil! Audio Download

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It’s so tempting to pick up a blue pencil after you finish a first draft of your novel. But line editing should be the last step in revising a novel, not the first. This presentation presents an iterative revision process that works from large to small, examining a novel through multiple lenses while soliciting and processing feedback from trusted readers.

Topics include:

  • An overarching, multi-stage strategy for revising a manuscript
  • How to separate the big issues from the small
  • How to evaluate and identify fixes to the structure of the novel
  • How to evaluate and identify fixes to the structure of individual scenes
  • How to sharpen the narrative voice and get viewpoint under control
  • How to evaluate and modulate pacing
  • How to revise characters so they are both consistent and surprising
  • How to know when a manuscript is ready for a line edit
  • Tips and techniques for line editing
  • Finding advance readers and taking criticism