- Revision should be a RE-IMAGINING of your work as a whole - not individual bits and pieces. It isn't a process of "receive notes and execute," but rather a process of "receive notes, mull, brainstorm, tweak, and execute."
How do you make your first page shine? Ingrid Sundberg writes up a summary of bestselling author Rachel Cohn's 5 things to look for in your opening pages, with examples:
- 1) Voice
4) The Plot
Do you have trouble identifying POV shifts in your manuscript? Author Janice Hardy gives examples of different POV shifts and how to avoid them:
- A point of view shift is when a POV character conveys something to the reader the POVB character couldn’t possibly know.
Have you ever thought of your book's emotional point? Editor Cheryl Klein explains what emotional point and pattern are:
- Actually, I think novels (literary fiction, anyway) should have both Thematic and Emotional Points -- a philosophical thought or idea or question driving the book (a question answered through its events), its intellectual heart; and then the emotional heart, which should be the Emotional Point.
The often touted advice is to Show, Don't Tell. However, sometimes, telling is necessary. Author Jody Hedlund gives advice on how to strike the balance between showing and telling:
- Find a balance. Don't fall into the mistake of over-telling. But also, don't go to the opposite extreme of under-telling. Look for ways to make your book a book (not a movie), but a book that modern readers will enjoy.
The age-old question: Story vs. Craft. Which one's better? Agent Rachelle Gardner talks about both:
- Of course, the two elements are intertwined, but it's helpful to artificially separate them, in order to understand why a book is either working—or not.