Writing a novel is an exhausting, time-consuming process. But finishing the first draft gives you an excellent feeling! Dorothy Parker said, “I hate writing. I love having written.”
I already did one post about when to completely rewrite your novel, but what do you do if you finish it and want to revise it?
Here’s 5 tips for revising:
- 1. Read It
Captain Obvious, to the rescue! It’s useful to also keep a pad nearby and jot down any themes or images you want to reference later in the story. It’s a nice idea to have some idea of symbolism or foreshadowing as you go through.
- 2. Correct Grammar/Spelling
Really, basic correction from the first edit. These sorts of things should be fixed right away to avoid wasting time in the future.
- 3. Add a Blank Page Between Chapters
I owe this idea to James Duncan from Writer’s Digest. An excellent idea that really helped me! I highly recommend it, as it’ll help you go through your manuscript easily.
- 4. Write Down any Plot Elements You Need to Address
Sometimes you have things you want to address that are missing. This is easily fixed! Figure out where you wanted to go, and jot it down as well.
- 5. Create a Checklist for Updates
Now that you have both the symbolism and plot elements you need to address, get down and dirty and create a check list for this. It’s useful, because it helps you figure out what’s missing in the story.
From there, you have rewriting and creating your second draft.
Have a good time writing!
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