What is the most important aspect of revision?

Being NaNoWriMo, I’m reposting this from a few years ago. It will come in handy at the end of the month . . .

Andrew M. Friday

NOTE: I dusted off some notes I took for a webinar, How to Revise Your NaNo Novel, from January 2016. Grant Faulkner hosted the segment on writing advice with guest speakers KM Weiland, James Scott Bell and Kami Garcia. The following was one of the questions asked.

What is the most important aspect of revision?

  • James Scott Bell:
    • It’s a mistake to start on page 1 and revise, First, get an overview by reading it like a reader. The stakes of the story should be about death, either the physical, psychological, or relational.
    • Print out hard copies; take notes; create a reading experience; ask where a busy reader or editor would put it down. If plot points are in place, then look over individual scenes; do the scenes have objectives? Conflicts?
    •  Scenes between friends–sitting around eating, etc.–must have conflict. If not, create inner monologue with conflicting emotions.
  • KM Weiland

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