Happy New Year!
2016 is going to be a good one, and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for all of us!
There are some fantastic books coming out, including THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater and CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber, which was incredible in draft form and will be even more so as a published novel, I’m sure. These are two of my most anticipated reads! My TBR pile is growing by the day, especially since I got a bunch of Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas, but… it’s a good problem to have! I’m also looking forward to reading my critique partners’ brand-new projects.
Speaking of brand-new projects, I recently turned in the second draft of FOTL. I had a self-imposed deadline of December 31 and I squeaked in a few days early! It was a bit rough because I had to literally rewrite 85% of the book. I scrapped a subplot, changed the arc of the main plot, and tinkered with my characters quite a bit.
I probably wrote three new scenes for every one I deleted, which is why the word count grew from 95,000 words to a final total of 106,500. (About 326 pages in Microsoft Word for non-writers who want to know!)
So, because I promised to blog about my revision process, here is a quick look at how I fix up a rough draft. Yes, it is a LOT of work. No, it won’t be effective for everyone. I’m very organized and methodical in the way I revise, which takes the magic out of writing for many people, I know. But it’s how I operate best and it has helped me come up with many relatively clean drafts for readers!
Before I get the inevitable “You know you can do that in Tracked Changes?” or “You should buy Scrivener,” I have to point out that this process helps me because it is away from the computer. I am touching the scenes with my fingers, and physically moving them around on the sticky notes. I find it effective to do it this way before jumping back in front of a glowing screen.
I’m planning to revisit these steps after I get feedback on the manuscript. Hopefully it won’t be as extensive (fingers crossed), but I fully expect to do several more rounds of revision before the manuscript is “done”!
I hope this helps those of you who’ve asked about my revision process! We all have different techniques that work for us, so feel free to try any part or none at all, if you’re not type A like me or writing a fantasy, which I feel requires a lot more organization and planning.
How do you guys revise? Do you see any similarities between our processes? And if you blog about how your process, please leave a link in the comments as I would love to check it out!