In the last post in our revision series (The Best Way To Revise Your Novel), we discussed how the best way to revise your novel is to break it into pieces and revise each individual piece at separate times.
Today we’re going to cover one of the most intimidating pieces: plot.
We made it.
We got through the dumpster fire that was 2016 and finally reached 2017.
With each new year comes new year resolutions, but if you’re like me, most years your resolutions don’t last more than 30 days.
At the start of 2016 I wanted what most people want: to exercise, eat healthier, sleep more. You know, the usual things.
But more than anything, I wanted to become a published author.
So instead of making a scattered list of how to improve my entire life, I decided to just focus on writing.
I would read at least one published book a month. I would write almost every single day. I would connect with other writers who were on a similar journey.
I vowed to do everything I could to become a better writer and a published author. Now that a year has passed, I can see the results of those writing resolutions.
You did it.
After weeks, or months, or years, you finally finished that first draft. It was probably rough and there may have been a few tears, but you made it through.
Hopefully you took the time to celebrate and ordered your cinnastix from dominoes, because now the ugly part begins.
When you’re writing the first draft of your novel, you have one goal — get to “THE END.” It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be done. In the first draft you can get a way with “insert epic battle here” because it’s the first draft.
But when you’re revising your novel, your goal is to write the best version of your story possible and unfortunately that’s a million times harder than reaching “THE END.”
If you’re a writer, there’s a pretty good chance you want to share your stories with the world. You may not say it out loud, you may not even admit it to yourself—but deep down maybe you dream of seeing your book in a Barnes & Nobles, or watching someone read it on the subway.
For me, my publishing dream is seeing my novel in an airport bookstore. I know it’s kind of weird and specific, but ever since I was a kid, there was something so magical about the books in the Hudson News displays.
It took me a long time to admit I wanted to become a published author, but once I did, I had to research how. Nowadays there are two main pathways to share your original stories with the world, and I’m excited to teach you about both today!
I get emails from you guys all the time about how you don't think you can do it. You walk into the library or Barnes & Nobles and you never believe your story will sit on those shelves.
When you're stuck in that funk the important thing to realize is you're not alone. With every book you've ever read there was likely a time the author didn't believe that story would ever sit in your hands. As writers we all struggle with self-doubt - the important thing is to not let that self-doubt control you and stop you from going after what you love.