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Revising, Revising, and How to Make it Through

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There are some who are lucky enough to write a novel and make it beautiful in two or three drafts. (Secretly, I loathe them. Why can’t I do that?!) Most of us, on the other hand, spend months and months, sometimes years, perfecting our works. By the time we’ve seen that story seven or eight or twenty times, not only are we too close to the story, but we may even hate it a little. How do we push through the weariness, bleariness, and general over-saturated brain fuzzies? Well, I like to:
Assign Parts, Read Aloud—Without doubt there is someone in your life who loves you (or at the very least is bribable), who will gladly practice reading troublesome scenes aloud with you. If that doesn’t work, read aloud and record your own voice. You’re bound to hear stilted, unnatural dialogue, pacing issues, and clunky phrasing.
Edit Chapters Out of Order—This is my favorite trick. Once I’ve swept through my story a hundred times, not only am I tired of it, but my eyes glaze over and I tend to anticipate the chain of events ahead rather than focusing on an aspect that needs fine-tuning. Reading chapters out of order prevents you from being swept away in the storyline. It gives you a new perspective—as if you’ve been dropped into the middle of the scene. To take this a step further, print out each chapter at a time. Reading type in ink really makes issues jump out from the page.
Read Other Books—When I’m frustrated and disgusted and fed up with my manuscript, the best cure is to read someone else’s beautifully crafted, or at least, highly entertaining novel. It takes me away, out of my head and into another realm. All of that research that says reading is directly correlated to writing skills is TRUE. You may find inspiration in someone else’s pages, or gain insight as to how to solve a craft issue. You may just be taking a much needed break. Don’t say you don’t have time. MAKE TIME. Reading fiction is the single most important way you can do to improve your craft.
Edit With Specifics in Mind—If you’re looking for one thing at a time, you’re more likely to narrow down an issue. Global edits are tough—it’s difficult to pinpoint smaller issues—and sets you up for failure. The character’s arc is weak? Buzz through the manuscript and highlight the exact moments the character changes. There should be a steady progression so that when the big finale comes in the end, there’s a WABAM climax moment of clarity/change in perspective/ shift in behavior. Perhaps the voice isn’t as strong as it can be. This is a perfect time to read your pages aloud. Hearing the characters thoughts and feelings fill a room can really help you get a grip on who that character is and what they should sound like.
Solicit a New, Strong Reader—Sometimes all you need is a fresh take from someone who knows nothing about the project. They may be able to point out exactly what’s missing or needs attention.
Let it Rest—This is by far the best idea and the advice you will hear most often. But it works. Distance makes the heart grow fonder and the vision clearer and all that. Take a breather. Let the elements of the story soak into your brain and stew in their magical way. You’ll come back to your manuscript a little calmer, less likely to set it on fire, and with a clearer idea of where you need to take it. If you’re under deadline this is much harder, but stepping away for even a day and doing something you love to fill the well can be incredibly useful.
None of those work for you? Take out your stick out and BEAT IT INTO SUBMISSION.  You can do this. You WILL do this. You are not a whiner, or a quitter, or a talentless hack. Now get to work on that manuscript! Shine it up and make me proud.
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About Heather WebbHeather grew up a military brat and naturally became obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She taught high school for nearly a decade before turning to full time writing and freelance editing.

Heather's historical novels BECOMING JOSEPHINE & RODIN'S LOVER have been translated to three languages, were chosen as a Goodread's Pick of the Month, and have received starred national reviews. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, France Magazine, Dish Magazine, and more.

Next up? Her anthology, FALL OF POPPIES: Stories of Love and the Great War, centers around WWI's Armistice Day and will release from HarperCollins March 1, 2016 featuring eight other authors. She's also cooking up a Gothic thriller set during the Belle Epoque era.

As a freelance editor, Heather shares writing advice right here at her favorite award-winning writing site, WriterUnboxed.com, as well as Writers in the Storm, and RomanceUniversity.org. She may often be found Twittering, or seen at a local college where she teaches craft courses. When not writing, she feeds her cookbook addiction, geeks out on history and pop culture, and looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world.Web | Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

"Living gives you a better understanding of life. I would hope that my characters have become deeper and more rounded personalities. Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight into how cultural differences affect not only people, but politics and art."
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