Monday, May 21, 2012

My Number One Tip for Revising a Novel

Over at The Lucky 13s today I'm sharing a revision tip that proved to be crucial for my In the Shadow of Blackbirds edits. I'm also sharing the book's fluctuating word count, which dramatically rose and fell as I cut scenes/characters from the story and added new material.

I always think of book edits as a complicated jigsaw puzzle: you have to figure out which pieces fit where and what parts don't belong before you end up with your final, satisfying picture.

Here's my post:


Ara Burklund said...

Definitely a wild ride! Can't wait to see the finished result!

Cat Winters said...

I'll always be grateful that you pointed me in the right direction for my opening sentence, Ara. I'll find out for certain whether or not that opening is staying as is once I receive my line edits, but so far it's been a hit.

It definitely has been a wild ride, and, despite a few jarring bumps, an enjoyable ride.

Mina Lobo said...

Thanks for this timely advice - which I find I've already been following! I'm staring down a *major* revision, come June, and any tips I can get on how to approach this beast are welcome!

Some Dark Romantic

Cat Winters said...

I'm so happy my tip is already helping you, Mina. It's the first time I've organized my drafts that way, but it proved to be an excellent way to keep tack of what I needed.

Good luck with your beast of a revision!