Revising Your Novel First Draft to Finished Draft A Step By Step Guide to Revising Your Novel

"Author Janice Hardy, founder of the popular writing site Fiction University, takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process.

Author: Janice Hardy

Publisher: Fiction University Press

ISBN: 0991536452

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Get all three Fixing Your Revision Problems books in one omnibus This book contains Fixing Your Character & Point-of-View Problems, Fixing Your Plot & Story Structure Problems, and Fixing Your Setting & Description Problems--PLUS a BONUS workshop: How to Salvage Half-Finished Manuscripts. A strong story has many parts, and when one breaks down, the whole book can fail. Make sure your story is the best it can be to keep your readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process, from character issues, to plot problems, to description issues. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix problems hurting your manuscript. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft offers eleven self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading. It will help you: Flesh out weak characters and build strong character arcs Find the right amount of backstory to enhance, not bog down, your story Create unpredictable plots that keep readers guessing Develop compelling hooks to build tension in every scene Determine the right way to include information without infodumping Fix awkward stage direction and unclear character actions Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft starts every workshop with an analysis and offers multiple revision options in each area. You choose the options that best fit your writing process. Learn how to: Develop a strong and effective revision plan Analyze your manuscript to find its strengths and weaknesses Spot common red flag words for problem areas (such as told prose) Determine the best way to revise a scene, plot, character, or novel Fix problems holding your novel back Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft is an easy-to-follow guide to revising your manuscript and crafting a strong finished draft that will keep readers hooked.

Fixing Your Character and Point of View Problems Revising Your Novel Book One

Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through revising character and character-related issues, such as two-dimensional characters, inconsistent points of view, too-much backstory, stale dialogue, didactic internalization, and lack of voice.

Author: Janice Hardy

Publisher: Fiction University Press

ISBN: 1948305917

Category: Reference

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"Fix the character and point-of-view problems holding your manuscript back! Characters are at the heart of every story, and if readers don't like those characters, they won't keep reading. Make sure your characters keep those readers hooked. Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through revising character and character-related issues, such as two-dimensional characters, inconsistent points of view, too-much backstory, stale dialogue, didactic internalization, and lack of voice. She'll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Fixing Your Character & Point-of-View Problems offers five self-guided workshops that target the common issues that make readers stop reading." -- Back cover.

Novel Metamorphosis

Congratulations! You've finished a novel. What an accomplishment! Now what? Now, you need a innovative, in-depth guide to revision. Why Revise? Before revision: Nice Story After revision: Richer, deeper-the novel of your dreams.

Author: Darcy Pattison

Publisher: Mims House

ISBN: 9781629440675

Category: Reference

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Congratulations! You've finished a novel. What an accomplishment! Now what? Now, you need a innovative, in-depth guide to revision. Why Revise? Before revision: Nice Story After revision: Richer, deeper-the novel of your dreams. Novice or Seasoned: For aspiring novelists, mid-list novelists who want to break out, novelists who want to self-publish-successfully, writers who have completed NaNoWriMo but don't know what to do next, and writing critique groups looking for a way to help each other to the next level.Revising has never been easier * Systematically inventory and diagnose your manuscript* Visually manipulate your manuscript to identify problems* Transform dull characters into fascinating, memorable people* Strengthen the narrative and emotional arcs* Sharpen dialogue* Morph dull settings into backdrops that set the mood* Enliven narrated events by selecting the right details* Use language with confidence* Add depth with narrative patterning In-depth professional development* Plan your novel's metamorphosisThe Results A stronger, richer, deeper story, a story that makes readers weep and cry and turn the next page.Novel Metamorphosis, unlike most books on revision, turns theory into radical new tools which are practical, tangible, concrete. * Cut straight to the heart of your manuscript's problem* Develop your writing and editing skills* Understand the critical underlying structure of your story* Learn theory as you work* Spark in-depth discussions in your critique group

Revising Your Dissertation

She has a copy of my companion's latest romance novel in hand and beams like a teenage rock - and - roll groupie while he signs it .

Author: Beth Luey

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520254015

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 263

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"Provides rare insight into the process of finding the most effective ideas, passions, and structures for a well-turned revision."—Douglas Mitchell, Executive Editor, University of Chicago Press "At last! An authoritative, up-to-date, succinct, intelligent, and witty guide to making the transition from dissertation to book. A must-give to a graduating Ph.D."—Charles Grench, Assistant Director and Senior Editor, University of North Carolina Press "Luey deserves our thanks. . . . Indispensable for scholars."—Sanford G. Thatcher, Director, Penn State University Press

Revising Your Dissertation

She has a copy of my companion's latest romance novel in hand and beams like a teenage rock - and - roll groupie while he signs it .

Author: Assistant Editor Adams Papers Beth Luey

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520242556

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 255

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Annotation A hands-on how-to guide for everyone interested in revising their dissertation for publication. Chapters addressing specific fields (humanities, science, business, art, etc.) are written by some of the leading editors from university presses around the country. A must for new academics facing the burden of "publish or perish."

The Novel Editing Workbook 105 Tricks Tips for Revising Your Fiction Manuscript

It's your chance to transform that first draft that trickled out of your fingers and onto your pages, turning your story into the book you want it to be.

Author: Kris Spisak

Publisher:

ISBN: 1734452404

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 154

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Finishing your book is awesome. Finishing your editing is what makes all the difference. Whether you're planning to traditionally publish or go the indie route, self-editing is essential. It's your chance to transform that first draft that trickled out of your fingers and onto your pages, turning your story into the book you want it to be.

NaNo What Now

You’ve just completed a novel during the National Novel Writing Month challenge!

Author: Hillary DePiano

Publisher: HillaryDePiano.com

ISBN: 9780982400395

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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You’ve just completed a novel during the National Novel Writing Month challenge! Or maybe you completed part of one. Or signed up with really good intentions and then only wrote a couple of words. Either way, you’re staring at 30 days worth of words and wondering… What now? How exactly do you start a revision and discover your editing process? How do you know if you’re ready to hire an editor? How do you motivate yourself when faced with draft dread or editing blocks? How can you translate what you’ve accomplished so far into a professional writing career? From tips for finding beta readers, exploration of traditional vs. self-publishing, and strategies to motivate yourself to keep writing regularly post-NaNoWriMo, NaNo What Now? is a quick and easy-to-read unofficial guide to the next steps. In a sea of general writing advice, NaNo ML and multi-year veteran Hillary DePiano offers practical and specific solutions tailored to the unique nature of the NaNoWriMo challenge and holds your hand through the rest of the journey. It’s time to finish what you started and make your book the best it can be.

Write and Revise for Publication

A 6-Month Plan for Crafting an Exceptional Novel and Other Works of Fiction Jack Smith. If you're revising your novel, it will take all your time.

Author: Jack Smith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599637044

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Your first draft is a work of imagination, but that doesn't mean it's a work of art--not yet. With Jack Smith's technical and inspirational guidance, you can turn your initial draft into a compelling story brimming with memorable characters and a page-turning plot. As Jack states inside Write and Revise for Publication, writing is a complex act, one that calls upon all the powers of our creative resources, imagination, and intellect. Top-notch storytelling is not achieved the first time around, nor should it be expected so soon. But it is possible. Through Jack's detailed instruction and precise methods, you will learn the revision techniques and fine-tuning skills needed to create powerful, polished works ready to submit to magazines, agents, and publishers. "As inspiring as it is practical...combines great advice, apt examples, and a can-do spirit that will excite and improve any aspiring writer." --Ron Hansen, author of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford "I believe Jack Smith might have written THE BOOK on writing and revising for publication. Clean, direct, succinct--a book that is full of pure wisdom and truth, but also amazing technical advice." --Virgil Suarez, author of Latin Jazz, The Cutter, Havana Thursdays, and Welcome to he Oasis

Novel Revision Database

The Novel Revision Database will keep track of them all, organize them by scene, and put everything you need at your fingertips when revising. This book shows how to use the software, and draws examples from my own revision experience.

Author: Bill Denise

Publisher:

ISBN: 0615925847

Category:

Page: 36

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90 Days To Your Novel

A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book Sarah Domet ... Revising asks you to look at your novel as a whole: Which scenes work, which scenes ...

Author: Sarah Domet

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599632773

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Got 90 Days? Then You Can Be a Novelist... Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what's the trick? Novel writing isn't about inspiration. It's about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish. With 90 Days To Your Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel. The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within 90 Days to Your Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin! This helpful guide provides: • Instruction that distills the elements of the novel - from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots • Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends • Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt • A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working Whether you're writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.

Writing and Planning Your Novel

It also means that you are revising your work while you are still fresh. Stella Wark, writing tutor. Neither of these authors is more correct than the other ...

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Publisher: Launchpoint Publishing

ISBN: 9781907138041

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Revise to Write

Edit Your Novel, Get Published and Become a Better Writer Kim McDougall. http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk Writing.com https://www.writing.com ...

Author: Kim McDougall

Publisher: Kim McDougall

ISBN: 9780998865171

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Whether you choose the self-publishing route or a traditional publisher, good revision skills are essential for every writer. Publishers are looking for print-ready quality. They have little time or money to invest on editing. For the independent author, good revision skills are even more important when reviews for poor editing can kill book sales. But polishing your own work can be tricky. Revise to Write will help you analyze your manuscript on the macro and micro levels to get a thoroughly critical overview. There’s no point to proofreading a manuscript that has major structural flaws. Start with the basic building blocks to make sure your foundation is solid. The Nuts and Bolts section helps you analyze your structure, plot and characters. Then work down to a scene-by scene review of dialogue, point of view, description, pacing and more. In the Nitty Gritty section, refine your prose with thoughtful line edits and tips for effective proofreading. Includes checklists for each section, writing exercises to help you over trouble spots, resources for finding beta readers and other writing tools. "Jam-packed with great lessons and invaluable insight, Revise to Write is a resource you'll use time and again...It's truly a gem." ~Seattle Book Review

Novel Ideas

think I have a final draft, I send a copy to my mother in Chile. ... You might revise your novel successfully the first time around, but it might take many ...

Author: Barbara Shoup

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820346281

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 344

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Novel Ideas provides a substantial introduction to the elements of fiction followed by in-depth interviews with successful novelists who speak with candor and insight into the complex process by which a novel is made. This edition includes new and updated interviews as well as writing exercises to enhance its use in the writing classroom. Dorothy Allison recalls "deliciously self-indulgent" days of writing in her bathrobe, wrapped in misery and exultation; Peter Cameron explains how he made the move from short fiction to the novel with the aid of a music composer's notebook to track the movement of his characters. Writers as different as Ha Jin, Jill McCorkle, Richard Ford, and Michael Chabon describe their unique approaches to their work while consistently affirming the necessity of committing to the hard effort of it while also remaining open to surprise. Aspiring novelists will find hands-on strategies for beginning, working through, and revising a novel; accomplished novelists will discover new ways to solve the problems they face in process; and serious readers of contemporary fiction will enjoy a glimpse into the way novels are made. Includes interviews with:Dorothy AllisonLarry BrownPeter CameronMichael ChabonMichael CunninghamRobb Forman DewRichard FordHa JinPatricia HenleyCharles JohnsonWally LambValerie MartinJill McCorkleSena Jeter NaslundLewis NordanSheri ReynoldsS. J. RozanJane SmileyLee SmithTheodore Weesner

Write Your Novel in a Month

table of contents introduction part one: planning your novel VICTORY 1: The ... part three: publishing your novel VICTORY 11: Revising Your Novel VICTORY ...

Author: Jeff Gerke

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599636443

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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One of these days, I'm going to sit down and write that novel.... Everyone thinks about doing it, yet most people who do start a novel end up stalling after a few chapters. Where do these would-be novelists go wrong? Are the characters dull and cliched? Did the story arc collapse? Did they succumb to a dreaded bout of "writer's block"? Or maybe it was all just taking too long? These problems used to stop writers in their tracks, but nothing will get in your way after reading Write Your Novel in a Month. Author and instructor Jeff Gerke has created the perfect tool to show you how to prepare yourself to write your first draft in as little as 30 days. With Jeff's help, you will learn how to organize your ideas, create dynamic stories, develop believable characters, and flesh out the idea narrative for your novel--and not just for the rapid-fire first draft. Jeff walks you through the entire process, from initial idea to the important revision stage, and even explains what to do with your novel once you've finished. Whether you are participating in National Novel Writing Month or you're simply hoping to complete a draft over winter break or your vacation, this book covers the entire scope of writing a novel and lays out exactly what you need to know to get it done fast and right.

52 Dates for Writers

If you're a new writer looking for new ways to find ideas, or an experienced writer wanting a new way to approach your storytelling, you'll find a lot of value in this book

Author: Claire Wingfield

Publisher:

ISBN: 0957527918

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 138

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This essential creative writing guide will take you away from your desk, to return with new ideas, fresh insight, better writing skills, and a renewed passion for your novel. Suitable for both those who are seeking tried-and-tested strategies for revising a novel draft, and those who would like to generate a store of ideas before starting to write.

How to Write a Novel

49 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel That You Will Love ... task of revising your novel when you really just want to be finished already, ...

Author: Nathan Bransford

Publisher: Nathan Bransford

ISBN: 9781734149401

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 254

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Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares his secrets for creating killer plots, fleshing out your first ideas, crafting compelling characters, and staying sane in the process. Read the guide that New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs called "The best how-to-write-a-novel book I've read."

The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel

All the Tools You Need to Write and Sell Your First Novel Hallie Ephron ... Many authors will tell you that revision is where the “real” writing takes place ...

Author: Hallie Ephron

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440509575

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Guides readers in writing and publishing a book, including creating authentic characters, editing, and finding an agent.

101 Questions to Improve Your Novel

These 101 questions and explanations will help you improve and check your novel's opening, plot and character development, conflict, pacing, dialogue, and of course the writing itself.

Author: Kristen James

Publisher:

ISBN: 0692448713

Category:

Page: 108

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From plot twists to dialogue, authors have a long list to think about when revising and polishing a novel. These 101 questions and explanations will help you improve and check your novel's opening, plot and character development, conflict, pacing, dialogue, and of course the writing itself. After months or years of working on a story, it's difficult to check the quality on every fiction element. 101 Questions looks at overarching issues, small details, and writing technique. You may learn about new techniques and tips, see a method differently, or realize that you forgot a trick. This handy list of 101 questions explores many possible ways to improve specific areas, add layers and depth, strengthen conflict, find plot holes, and identify writing issues. Sample Question - #40. Do all of your characters have strong feelings about each other? Working on this element truly adds another layer to your story. In life, we meet people and classify them right away. It's not often that we know a person but don't have any opinions or feelings about them. But we see that in stories all the time. Sometimes I read or edit a novel and have a hard time telling the characters apart. This arises when the characters aren't distinct, but it's also caused by a lack of feeling toward each other. If your hero really dislikes another character, that will color the hero's description and interaction with that character. Take a closer look at your work: make a list of all of your characters and then describe how your hero feels about them. If your hero doesn't feel anything that shows in your story right now, do you need to make that character more colorful? And by colorful, I mean annoying, more pushy, more opinionated, more deceitful, more secretive, more talkative, more silent, more helpful, more sweet, more of a pushover, more something? Look at the relationship between all of your main characters. It might help to make a chart. Then think about how they interact and secretly feel about each other. You can have a lot of fun in this area, and it really deepens your story.

Fast Fiction

A Guide to Outlining and Writing a First-Draft Novel in Thirty Days Denise Jaden ... Either way, return to and revise your visual theme wordle.

Author: Denise Jaden

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608682546

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 216

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Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of her two published young adult novels during NaNoWriMo. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. Her process starts with a prep period for thinking through plot, theme, characters, and setting. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirtyday drafting period. Finally, her revision tips help writers turn merely workable drafts into compelling and publishable novels. A portion of publisher proceeds will be donated to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)