First to Last in A Single Cycle?

Here is the best thing I’ve seen recently, in terms of solid practical advice for revising a novel. And also the worst:

From First Draft to Last in One Cycle

Some of the techniques in the “Part One-Discovery” section seem particularly useful: Writing a one-line story arc, finding and listing the themes. Her systematic approach, from major changes to minor, is good sense. And she doesn’t really leave anything out. Very handy guide.

But really. All in one pass? Insanity.

I get the point of limiting it, not getting bogged down. And to me, trying to do ALL THAT in a single pass would totally bog me down.

What about you? How many revision cycles do you go through? Anything in that article you are already doing? Anything new you plan to implement?

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2 thoughts on “First to Last in A Single Cycle?

  1. Getting a revision all in one go takes practice, but I look at it this way: time is the enemy. I only have so much of it, and I want to create more books, not just one.

    If I don’t have the time to revise a novel right the first time, where am I going to make the time to revise it right over, and over, and over?

    • Hi Holly! Thanks for stopping by.

      I’ve been parked on your blog all morning while I work through my draft, trying to grok your method.

      I totally get the “time is the enemy” thing. I don’t want to whittle away my whole life on this one work, and in my professional work I have come to terms with when it’s time to let it go and move on. It’s harder, having no prior experience with work of this length, to have confidence that I really will get to the end of this eventually.

      The reason I said yours was the best advice I’ve seen is that you break down very clearly the difference between getting the big stuff–structure, cutting, order, etc.–done first. And your methodical approach is highly appealing.

      I’m just not sold on doing the whole thing all at once, at least not for me–I am too easily overwhelmed. Step-wise works better for me, and I don’t mind reworking it several times. I think I’ll know when I’m done reworking. I think.

      Anyway. I’m glad you stopped by. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog. :)

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