Revise It! The Miniseries: Seven Steps to Unpacking Your First Draft
First draft story revisions are just like unpacking after moving homes–especially if you move the way I do.
There is a world where items are meticulously packed into just the right boxes and loaded with absolute precision into just the right location in the moving truck.
I’ve moved over ten times in my life, and I do not live in this world.
In my world, no matter how carefully I pack, for some reason there are all these little random bits and pieces everywhere that still have to go in boxes or something portable while people are loading the truck.
This is basically how I finish drafting a story too. I’m a plotter/pantser hybrid. Once I’ve outlined enough and have a list of scenes, drafting is mostly a straight-forward process.
Until the end, which is usually late at night because I’ve determined that I WILL FINISHED THE THING NOW. I cling desperately to the threads of the plot and shove all possible bits of climax and falling action and resolution in their spots, and then collapse with what is hopefully some kind of profound ending. Ish.
Then come the self-edits and revisions. Figure out where all those pieces are packed and hope that all of my best-laid goals and plans came through in one piece.
Rather like the toaster oven I’m still trying to find.
Revise It! The Miniseries: Seven Steps to Unpacking Your First Draft tackles seven key areas in content revisions to get your first draft into great condition! And while there are a lot of different ways to revise, there are some fundamental sweeps that pretty much every manuscript needs to express your vision, please your readers, and maybe even bypass content editing for line editing.
Maybe you’re a plotter that writes super-clean drafts. If so, then another checklist to make sure your revision goes super-quick can’t hurt so you can excel even more.
Maybe you’re a pantser who trusts that somewhere in that mass of words is a great story. I believe in you! But a great revision makes sure the world sees your brilliance.
And if you’re somewhere in between like me, welcome to the club! We have cookies. Once I find the cookie sheets and cookie mix to bake them. And probably a mixing bowl.
Revise It! The Mini-Series includes the following:
- Get multiple flavors of readers (alphas, betas, etc) and learn how to process their input effectively.
- Clean up your characterization and create three-dimensional characters who are irresistible to readers.
- Sort out your plot with quick and easy organizer checks that clarify your original, beautiful vision.
- Figure out how to identify and ditch boring parts (always keeping your genre and target audience in mind).
- Learn to manage pacing, not just to speed up your story, but also to hold the pause button on significant moments of high emotion and drama.
Note: I’m not numbering these factors because everyone’s brains work differently, and if your process is working efficiently with your brand of creativity, then awesome! If your process isn’t working for you, then all I have to say is: 30 minute author coaching. Contact me and be there for the fun! 🙂