I started writing my first novel, several years ago. Since then, I’ve revised, cut, changed the timeline, and rethought some of the characters in my WIP. Am I going about the process the right way? Perhaps and perhaps not, opinions differ.
The reasons she suggests writers get into the revision and edit mode include:
- The first chapter isn’t where the story starts.
- The story just isn’t working.
- You’ve decided the story you’re writing, isn’t the real story.
- The character you thought was the protagonist isn’t. Or,
- You’ve studied the craft, learned a few techniques, and want to fix your mistakes.
As part panster and part planner, I’ve experienced all of the above. I do study the craft; I read and sometimes make revisions and edits. I hope my novel will be better for it.
At any rate and well past 30,000 words, I’m too far to stop now. I plan to see this first draft to fruition.
Want more information on writing a novel, check out Janice Hardy’s Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure Larry Brooks Story Engineering @ Storyfix.com, C.S. Larkin’s The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story, or James Scott Bell’s Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story.
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