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Revision Workshop: I've Revised My Novel. Now What? By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Congratulations to all who completed the Revision Workshop!

Revision Workshop: I've Revised My Novel. Now What?

Where your manuscript goes from here will depend on what stage you’re at in your process. You might be sending yours to an agent, editor, or critique partner, shifting to submission research, planning to take the indie-pub route, or taking a break before your next revision pass. Revision Workshop: Day Thirty-One: Do a Final Read Through. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Stage Six: A Final Look Welcome to Day Thirty-One of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Revision Workshop: Day Thirty-One: Do a Final Read Through

As we enter this stage, our novels are done. Revision Workshop: Day Thirty: Fix Any Grammatical Errors. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Thirty of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Revision Workshop: Day Thirty: Fix Any Grammatical Errors

Over the last month we’ve been working on the larger revision issues and ignoring the specifics of the text (in most cases). Our stories are now solid, our structure and various story arcs are sound, and our scenes flow smoothly from one idea to the next. The novel is “done,” and we feel comfortable that it’s good and well-written. Now it’s time to polish our literary jewels until they shine, so roll up those sleeves and let’s get into the nitty gritty of the individual word choices.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Nine: Eliminate Unnecessary Repetition. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Nine of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Nine: Eliminate Unnecessary Repetition

Over the last month we’ve been working on the larger revision issues and ignoring the specifics of the text (in most cases). Our stories are now solid, our structure and various story arcs are sound, and our scenes flow smoothly from one idea to the next. Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Eight: Revise Any Misused Words and Awkward Phrasing. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Eight of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Eight: Revise Any Misused Words and Awkward Phrasing

Over the last month we’ve been working on the larger revision issues and ignoring the specifics of the text (in most cases). Our stories are now solid, our structure and various story arcs are sound, and our scenes flow smoothly from one idea to the next. Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Seven: Strengthen or Eliminate Any Weak Words. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Seven of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Seven: Strengthen or Eliminate Any Weak Words

Over the last month we’ve been working on the larger revision issues and ignoring the specifics of the text (in most cases). Our stories are now solid, our structure and various story arcs are sound, and our scenes flow smoothly from one idea to the next. The novel is “done,” and we feel comfortable that it’s good and well-written. Now it’s time to polish our literary jewels until they shine, so roll up those sleeves and let’s get into the nitty gritty of the individual word choices.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Six: Clarify Ambiguous Pronouns. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Six of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Six: Clarify Ambiguous Pronouns

Over the last month we’ve been working on the larger revision issues and ignoring the specifics of the text (in most cases). Our stories are now solid, our structure and various story arcs are sound, and our scenes flow smoothly from one idea to the next. Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Five: Eliminate Clichés and Trim Overwriting. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Five of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Five: Eliminate Clichés and Trim Overwriting

Over the last month we’ve been working on the larger revision issues and ignoring the specifics of the text (in most cases). Our stories are now solid, our structure and various story arcs are sound, and our scenes flow smoothly from one idea to the next. Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Four: Revise Any Unnecessary Passive Voice. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Stage Five: Polishing the Draft Welcome to Day Twenty-Four of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Four: Revise Any Unnecessary Passive Voice

Over the last twenty-three days we’ve been working on the larger revision issues and ignoring the specifics of the text (in most cases). Our stories are now solid, our structure and various story arcs are sound, and our scenes flow smoothly from one idea to the next. Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Three: Smooth Any Rough Transitions. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Three of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Three: Smooth Any Rough Transitions

Up until now, we’ve been adding and tweaking our stories, focusing more on getting the missing information in, and cutting the unnecessary information out. Odds are we’ve gotten some scenes a little messy, but the overall novel is working from a plot, character, and scene to scene standpoint. Now is the time to tighten things back up. Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Two: Sharpen the Hooks and Tighten the Pacing. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Two of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop. Up until now, we’ve been adding and tweaking our stories, focusing more on getting the missing information in, and cutting the unnecessary information out.

Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-One: Streamline the Internalization. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-One of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop. Up until now, we’ve been adding and tweaking our stories, focusing more on getting the missing information in, and cutting the unnecessary information out. Odds are we’ve gotten some scenes a little messy, but the overall novel is working from a plot, character, and scene to scene standpoint. Now is the time to tighten things back up.

Yesterday we worked on streamlining our dialogue, and our characters’ conversations should now be tight, entertaining, and informative. Revision Workshop: Day Twenty: Streamline the Dialogue. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop. Up until now, we’ve been adding and tweaking our stories, focusing more on getting the missing information in, and cutting the unnecessary information out. Odds are we’ve gotten some scenes a little messy, but the overall novel is working from a plot, character, and scene to scene standpoint. Now is the time to tighten things back up.

Dialogue makes up a sizable chunk of a novel, but it’s also a common area to find weak prose. Revision Workshop: Day Nineteen: Check the Narrative Focus. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Stage Four: Tightening the Draft Welcome to Day Nineteen of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop. Up until now, we’ve been adding and tweaking our stories, focusing on getting the missing information in, and cutting the unnecessary information out. Odds are we’ve gotten some scenes a little messy, but the overall novel is working from a plot, character, and scene to scene standpoint. Now is the time to tighten things back up. Revision Workshop: Day Eighteen: Eliminate Unnecessary Told Prose. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Eighteen of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop. During this stage, we should feel pretty good about our plot and characters, and understand what and why they’re doing all those exciting and interesting things in our novels.

We’ve been focusing on the what and the why for a while, so it’s time to give a little attention to the where. We’ve been doing a lot of description work these last few days, and any time there’s description or stage direction, there’s the risk of telling, not showing. Revision Workshop: Day Seventeen: Strengthen the Foreshadowing and Reveals. Revision Workshop: Day Sixteen: Clarify the Tone and Mood. Revision Workshop: Day Fifteen: Clean Up the Description and Stage Direction. Fiction University. Revision Workshop: Day Fourteen: Eliminate Unnecessary Infodumps. Revision Workshop: Day Thirteen: Deepen the World Building and Setting. Revision Workshop: Day Twelve: Clarify the Theme. Revision Workshop: Day Eleven: Focus the Point of View. Revision Workshop: Day Ten: Balance the Backstory. Revision Workshop: Day Nine: Tighten the Character Descriptions.

Revision Workshop: Day Eight: Flesh Out the Character Development. Revision Workshop: Day Seven: Focus the Narrative Drive. Revision Workshop: Day Six: Clarify the Stakes and Consequences. Revision Workshop: Day Five: Clarify the Conflict and Tension. Revision Workshop: Day Four: Clarify the Goals and Motivations. Revision Workshop: Day Three: Analyze the Scene Structure. Revision Workshop: Day Two: Analyze the Character Arcs. Revision Prep: Create a Revision Plan. Revision Workshop: Day One: Analyze the Story Structure.