Ever wonder about how other writers revise their novels? How they solve their biggest plot problems? How they chop and replant themes and characters while doing their best not to ruin the other 100,000 words?
As the author of several novels and one biography, I’ve had quite a bit of experience with revision. My recently completed novel, BODY COPY, went through 12 drafts in six years. And today, over on the blog Dreaming Awake, you can read a very personal account about my editing process, “Laura Stanfill Discusses the Art of Revision.”
When Emerald Barnes asked me to write a guest post, I reviewed old critique group comments to put together a list of problems that plagued my early versions of BODY COPY. Then I addressed how I chose to solve those issues in my final draft.
So go check it out, and see how I dodged mean character syndrome, reworked scenes to fit a premise, fixed ungainly flashbacks and made my grieving protagonist quit moaning and get moving.
Hopefully you’ll be inspired to dig in, diagnose and fix your manuscript’s major issues. It takes patience, but revision is a lot of fun, and I’m a much better writer after those years of reworking the same pages over and over (and over) again.
Feel free to comment here or there about your own revision process. And special thanks to Emerald for featuring me today. I had a lot of fun writing my very first guest post!