National Novel Writing Month calls them the "Now What?" months. I like to think of them as an opportunity to direct that jolt of ambition we seem to get at the start of every year toward something constructive. Whether you wrote a book in November for NaNoWriMo or are dusting off something older, the early months of the year are perfect for revising (or finishing up, then revising if, like me, there weren't enough hours in November for you to finish a full first draft). Regardless of where you are in the process, it is indeed a new year and there's no better time to hit the ground running with whatever you're working on. This may very well be the year you take that project to the next level, but you can't get there without first doing the work, so let's talk revisions.Read More
There are a lot of blogs covering the topic of revisions at the moment. It makes sense given that the new year is usually when writers who completed a novel in November are either adding on (since 50k is a little shy of most mainstream novels, MG and some YA aside) or fixing up the ramble-fest they created during the feverdream that is NaNoWriMo.
I'm not going to retread too much on what's already been said--and said well--elsewhere, but I do have a few thoughts on revisions that I'd like to share. These are from personal experience, both revising my own work and going through the editing process on the work of others. Take what you will from them.Read More