“Now What?”: How to Revise Your Novel
Finally. It’s been weeks, months, or even years, and you’ve finished your manuscript…all two hundred pages of it. It’s time to take out the red pen. Revision is a daunting prospect for any author, but it doesn’t have to be impossible.
Revision addresses problems of both style and structure. Structural problems are big picture and must be considered first, as they may require adding or cutting whole scenes, chapters, or even characters. There isn’t much point in catching every typo and misused comma if you’re going to end up excising those passages, or if the main character is flat or the pacing is sluggish.
Questions to Ask Yourself: On Structure
Is the main conflict interesting? Is the reader hooked from the first paragraph or chapter? (An author only has a few pages to get the reader involved in the story.)