Writing Tips #179: Seven Methods to Revise Your Writing
It’s been weeks since NaNoWriMo and I think it’s time that we get to work on draft 2 of our manuscripts. Here are seven methods from seven different writers (myself included). A lot of the advice is the same, but you may find something new or the advice may be written in a way that is easier for you to understand. So, here are seven different methods for revising your manuscript!
Method 1: Naomi
Tips from: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek
1. Read your story.
Print it out. Read. Just read it and reacquaint yourself with your story.
2. Plot out your entire story.
This is where you figure out whether or not your story makes sense.
I plot out my story by categories:
A. Main Storyline- Where is your character at the start, the middle and the end.
B. Subplots- What else is going on?
C. Dramatic Structure- Once your entire story is plotted out, figure out your climax, resolution, conflict, rising action, call to action, etc.
3. Reread Your Story.
That’s right. If you have any illusions that once you write your story you never have to read it again…wrong. You will be reading and rereading until you can recite every line and things that were serious become inside jokes to yourself.
This read is different from that first read to reacquaint yourself. This read is for analysis. You should have a pen and perhaps even a book for notes. As you are reading cross out things that doesn’t make sense. Ask your self questions about character motivations and whether or not it’s possible for someone to actually jump from the sixth floor and land without injuries.
How many times does this character appear? Are they needed if it’s only once? Why does your main character speak exactly like your villain?
4. A loose outline.
After I have read my story twice, I usually have an idea of what’s wrong. This outline is where I try and figure out how to make it right. I often just write bullet points of scenes and what the purpose of the scenes are.
Now it’s time to write again. I often like to have my original manuscript printed out, or on my nook HD tablet, or my back up laptop. So that the computer I use to write on is just a full screen of my new draft.
I like to do research on other screens as well.
TIP: Never edit your original document. You never know when you want to bring back that erased scene. I usually duplicate my original file, name it draft 2 and edit on that new document entirely. No reason to lose what you have already written.
Method 2: Jamie Scott Bell
Tips from Writer’s Digest
Method 3:Fiction Writer’s Connection
Tips from FictionWriters.com
Method #4: Wise Ink
Tips from their blog Wiseinkblog.com
Method #5: Maxine Thompson
Tips from her blog Maxinethompsonbooks.com
Method #6:Emma Darwin
Tips from emmadarwin.typepad.com
Method #7: UNC College
Tips from The Writing Center
Method #8: Ali Hale
Tips from Daily Writing Tips