Congrats to everyone who attempted National Novel Writing Month! Whether you wrote 50,000 words or not, you're a winner in my book. I finished with 90,690 words, the second draft of a novel written from scratch without looking at the original work at all. Considering how quickly it was written, this draft may be as bad or worse than the first, but I stumbled upon few good ideas along the way and saw some problems I'll be able to catch the next time through.
In the spirit of the edits that loom ahead, I've rounded up a few blog posts on revision that might help us all. Special thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi for her Twitter inkyelbows links to most of these.
- Holly Lisle's One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle
- Brian Yansky reminds us not to miss the opportunities when you're editing. Don't get lazy. Make each scene important
- Editing tips from Lee Masterson
- Nine Tips To Productive Revision from Rory Marinich on Lifehack
- Sheila Kelly shares her editing process
- An extract from The Writing Book by Kate Grenville tells us not to be in a hurry when we edit
- Self-editing tips from Lori Handeland
What's your editing process? If you like, leave a comment below.
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