I've got a mini-door stop, now how do I revise it?
September 26, 2007 12:55 PM Subscribe
I've just finished my first novel, now how do I revise this thing?
posted by anonymous to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I've spent the past three months furiously writing my first novel. I was quite inspired, and managed to put down a little more than 90,000 words. The book is a true rough-draft.
I believe in the plot and am attached to the characters--I really think I have a good book here--but every time I sit down to start revising, I end up quitting after an hour feeling defeated. The process I've been using so far is to simply go through, one chapter at a time, and take a red pen to the printed copy before sitting down at the computer and making changes. This just doesn't seem to be cutting it. I'm bogged down and frustrated. The sheer size of what I've written overwhelms me, and though I'd like to polish it, I'm unsure how to continue.
What are some other methods that successful authors have used to revise their novels? I'd love to hear any tips or suggestions, personal or from the greats.