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elizabeth
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I took a great course on revision called “How to Revise Your Novel”. I use those methods, but I also cobbled some methods from books on revisions.

*First let the book sit. I need the space to look at the book critically.
*Make a list of the three most memorable scenes I can remember.
*Make a list of the three least memorable scenes (I usually have to skim through the maniscript to do that).
*Figure out what made the memorable scenes stick out in my mind and what made the other scenes boring. Normally comparing the interesting scenes to boring ones gives me ideas how to fix the boring ones.

Now, the really grueling part:

*Go through the entire manuscript. Make notations on the manuscript and extensive notes on a notepad next to every single spot where the characters act out of character, where the plot doesn’t make sense, where the worldbuilding falls apart, etc.
*Go through entire manuscript and write out each scene on a notecard. Make sure each scene has a: protagonist, antagonist, conflict, setting, and moves the plot forward.
*Notecards effectively become outline of novel. Troubleshoot problems I found during the read through. This is how I can play around with moving scenes, adding, and deleting witout needing to be put in a straight jacket afterwards :D. Makes notes on notecards of what changes I need to do for each scene.

*Write in time! Open up a fresh Word document and start with scene one. Use notecards to fix scene. Lather, rinse, repeat.

*Third draft is for the nitpicky stuff. Words I overuse and grammer mistakes.

After that, it’s time for the beta readers!