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The Five Stages Of Revising Your Novel

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By Lisa M. Lilly

You’ve finished a first draft of your novel. Now what?

If you’re like most writers (including me), your draft includes points that require more research, scenes that trail off, plot holes, or all of the above.

Addressing every issue at once is overwhelming. The five steps below can organize and speed up your revision process.

Step One: Start With The Story

Once you’ve let your novel sit for at least a week, read it all the way through. Focus on your plot, asking yourself:

  • Is there conflict on page one?
  • Does the plot turn in a significant way at each quarter point in the novel?
  • Is your protagonist actively pursuing her goals?
  • Does your antagonist strenuously oppose your protagonist?
  • Does tension increase as the story progresses?
  • Do the events logically flow from one another?
  • Does your climax resolve the major plot issues and pay off emotionally…

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Improve Your Revision Process with Beta Reading

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As writers, we tend to focus a lot on the writing – the actual act of creating our worlds and characters and plot twists. But we all know that writing includes much more than that.  Sure, we have to get the story down on the page and if we don’t do that none of the rest matters. But once the story is down and you’ve written The End at the bottom, what’s next?  Is the story done? Unless you have the gift of perfect spelling, grammar, structure, typing, storytelling, dialogue development, world building (etc. etc.), The End is only The Beginning.

Editing and revision are key parts of the writing process. For me, and probably for a lot of other people, this is the dreaded part of writing. I freely admit that I am a wordy writer.  A very wordy writer at that.  I consider this to be part of…

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