Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss the basics of revision. How many drafts does it take to finish, problems, and how you know you’re getting better at this thing called writing.
How many drafts should you go through before you finish your book? And what draft should you send your developmental editor? Is rewriting or revision the answer? And how should you analyze that work in progress in order to find it’s flaws?
What we talked about:
How many drafts should you go through before you have a finished book? (0:28)
What does Alida look at as an editor? What kind of draft are you giving her and what will she give back? (4:35)
Where should you start your revision process? And what is the difference between rewriting and revising? (7:16)
What should you do with all those old drafts? (12:58)
How do we approach our revision process? What are the tools that we use to start our revision? (13:33)
How should you analyze your story after you have written as you start to revise it? (18:10)
What about that polish draft? (19:15)
Things we mentioned:
Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise Any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method by Stuart Horwitz
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Jack Reacher character by Lee Child
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