Friday’s Findings: Hands Off Read Through

This week I have been doing a “hands off read through” of my novella Traption. No reworking scenes, no editing paragraphs, no tweaking words; just reading through this draft I completed during Camp NaNoWriMo in April. Hands off the words.

Some of the things I’m looking for:

  • Does my story have a solid structure?
  • Does my hero have clear goals and believable motivations throughout the story?
  • Does my story have enough conflict?
  • Am I revealing information in an engaging way?
  • Does my hero transform?

This is one of the early steps for the level down method of editing, a course I’m still going through on the Writing Mastery Academy website.

I’ve mentioned this website before, as well as the free preview video found on NaNoWriMo’s YouTube channel. Even if a writer uses only the few concepts mentioned on the video (there are lot more when you subscribe to the Writing Mastery Academy.), he or she will benefit.

Here are the revision workshop links on NaNoWriMo’s YouTube channel:

Revision Workshop, Part 1: Revise Your NaNoWriMo Novel with Writing Mastery Academy & Fictionary
Revision Workshop, Part 2: Revise Your NaNoWriMo Novel with Writing Mastery Academy & Fictionary
Revision Workshop, Part 3: Revise Your NaNoWriMo Novel with Writing Mastery Academy & Fictionary
Revision Workshop, Part 4: Revise Your NaNoWriMo Novel with Writing Mastery Academy & Fictionary

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