Don’t let the revision process intimidate you any longer. Discover how to successfully transform your first draft into a polished final draft readers won’t be able to forget.
In Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted self-editing instruction focusing on the individual elements of a novel like plot, structure, characters, theme, voice, style, setting, and endings. You’ll learn how to:
•Write a cleaner first draft right out of the gate using Bell’s plotting principles
•Get the most out of revision and self-editing techniques by honing your skills with detailed exercises
•Systematically revise a completed draft using the ultimate revision checklist that talks you through the core story elements
Whether you’re in the process of writing a novel, have a finished draft you don’t know what to do with, or have a rejected manuscript you don’t know how to fix, Revision & Self-Editing gives you the guidance you need to write and revise like a pro.
It took a while to finish this book because I wasn’t expecting it to be so full of information — I tried reading a bit here and there but quickly discovered that I needed to give each chapter my full attention to really absorb the tips and suggestions. I think this book might be a little more right-brained than I am (some of the concepts seem too abstract for this left-brainer), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth trying. I’m looking forward to using some of these techniques on my next manuscript!