So, as you know (I hope, lol) from my last post, I’m done with my 1st draft of my paranormal / fantasy romance novel. I have a really good feeling about it, by large, though I’m being carefully optimistic.
Today will be day 1 of my revisions-fest, something of a celebration by cutting paragraphs, replacing dialogue with better, spunkier lines, and all-around demolishing things. Sounds good right? Like the smashing phase of a house flip, this is the easy part, right? I’m thinking not, but you know, gotta keep those spirits up.
So I went on a prowl last night for some upbeat and useful articles, and I found one that I really really liked and that I think I’m gonna use as a method to my revising madness. It’s called One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle, written by Holly Lisle and I found it really smart, useful and clear. She has some courses and guides and stuff for sale too, but I got all the points in the article well enough to adopt the method, and I’m thinking just from one read you’ll get the method too.
It’s really smart, I like methods, lol. Organized, neat, efficient and goal-oriented, that’s what I’m talking about.
Of course, this really works well for me because I did some pre-writing planning, scheming and plotting. I mean I had a plot outline, plot-ideas draft by chapter (loose ideas, don’t think anything really set in stone), character ‘charts’ and bios set up before actually starting to write it all.
See I really took my 50k point of doom issue seriously, I did reading and thinking and I came up with a strategy to avoid that. I’m a community developer, what can I say, I have this compulsion to approach everything in strategic steps and do strategic ramifications for each major step of the way. It sounds like a pro approach, doesn’t it? Though it’s a PR/marketing/development sort of strategy and not a writing/plotting one, but hey, it might just work because it’s a mix & match right?
I’ll let you know after I get a deal for the novel, haha.
In the meantime, I just thought I’d share that article, it was really cool and smart and I love efficiency-oriented planning, so I thought I’d share the joy. xD