I’ve grappled with how to begin the second round of revisions on my novel (not a NaNoWriMo book) the last few weeks. I’m at the part, you know, where you really have to make your prose sing. The problem is, everytime I’ve thought of tackling my MS, I’ve wanted to beat it with a broom handle rather than face it again. Soooo, I took a six week break and enlisted a few high profile beta readers. The result: it’s in decent shape, but still needs some very important tweaking.
But how does one go about that all-important tweaking? Rather than invent my own warped system of revising, I looked to a few “experts” for advice. These blog posts might turn around the editing process for you–like they did for me. So all of you NaNoWriMo folks and every other writer out there in need of revision direction, here it is:
Nathan Bransford’s Revision Checklist
James Scott Bell’s Revising Your Novel
J Timothy King’s Checklist for Revising a Novel
Janice Hardy’s Editing your Novel: Tips & Tricks