Category: How To Revise Your Novel

  • The ReviseYourNovel.com Contest Blog And FAQ

    Have been working much of the morning on this. The HTRYN.com Contest Blog The HTRYN.com Contest FAQ The contest rules and resources pages are linked from the FAQ. I’ll add contest entries to the blog (the first one is up already). (I won’t add entries that I disqualify. Read the rules.) And the biggest question…

  • Update on the Novel Revision Course

    This is some fascinating stuff. I’ve now gone through ALL the comments, questions, and problems folks describe having with revising their novels, and I’ve sorted out 146 unique issues that ARE revison-related and revision-critical, and 7 that aren’t. Let me get the 7 “These Are Not Revision Problems” issues out of the way first. 1)…

  • DTD — 584 Words, and The Rock God Unplugged

    Got a nice little scene tonight, a cut-out scene in which we watch three strangers in a coffeehouse: A brilliant young guitarist, an aging rock god, and a red-headed woman in the audience. Omniscient point of view through most of the scene, settling into the POV of the young woman as she suddenly realizes she…

  • DTD — 401 words. And other things.

    In spite of still being sick, I had a pretty good work day today. Got 1800 words finished on the first lesson of How To Revise Your novel, and got the next three lessons completely outlined. I want to have a significant amount of the course already written before my two test students start class—and…

  • I need four wrecked novels for How To Revise Your Novel

    I’ve been wracking my brain on how to do the demos for How To Revise Your Novel, and I finally realized that what I need is real novels to revise. But not my novels—I’m not a beginner, and most of the 100+ major revision problem that I’ve now identified from your questions, I no longer…

  • Whole LOTTA Revise Your Novel Questions

    My nonfiction work today was/ is/ will be going through all the many, many questions you asked on the Revise Your Novel poll, sorting them into categories, and then figuring out where in my process the answers fit, and how to make sure I answer them all. There are several questions that popped up that…

  • DTD — 303 words, and a leak in the system

    My detectives were beaten to a witness they needed by someone who didn’t want her to talk. The circumstances suggest someone close to them may be working for the bad guys. Scene bit tonight went well. I apologize for my scarcity in the WABWM comments. Margaret and I are setting up the infrastructure for How…

  • Why I won’t be teaching grammar in How To Revise Your Novel

    I’ve been reading comments here and on the poll, and I’m seeing a lot of folks angsting about grammar. What people think of as GRAMMAR, (all caps, death knell, end of the world with hellfire and brimstone if you break the rules) is a complete nonissue in writing fiction. In writing fiction, you write as…

  • I’ll be doing How To Revise Your Novel

    I forgot to post this here yesterday, but I’ll be creating the How To Revise Your Novel course. The response was … ah … pretty convincing. 🙂 I’m currently collecting your questions about the revision process, and your comments about the parts of the process as you do it now that give you the most…

  • Do you need to know more about how to revise your novel?

    My daughter took Think Sideways. Wrote her first novel. Is working on revising it now. And she said, “You know, I sort of get the One-Pass Revision, but I wish you had something a lot more in-depth for people who still aren’t sure which parts of what they’ve written are good, and which parts need…