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Storymill Publishing - Novel Revision

The task or art of revision often challenges many, new and not-so new, writers. Methods of revision are as numerous as the many styles an author can use to craft their novel. Just as your own personal style will develop, so will your personal best methods of revision.

If it is your intent to publish your novel, you need impartial help to edit your manuscript. The writer is too close to the work to pick up typos, inconsistencies, faulty construction and many other glitches. The key to getting the most out of your editors or critics is presenting the manuscript as clean as possible.

You can do revisions at the end of each chapter, or you can attack the work as a whole. That too, is an individual call. It is what works best for you. Until you have polished your own personal revision process, it may help if you work from a check list.

  • Spelling and Grammar.
    • Nothing will draw a reader out of a story faster than glaring spelling or grammatical errors.
  • POV – Point of View.
    • Point of view is the perspective from which you tell the story.
  • Realistic Dialogue Rules
    • Rules for punctuating dialogue can confuse writers. It is important you take time to learn the basics. The goal is to have a reader lose themselves in your prose, not get lost trying to follow your dialogue.
    Passive Voice.
  • Adjectives & Adverbs
  • Clunky Clauses.
  • Trite phrases, Purposely Unusual Words & Clichés.
  • "ing" Constructions.
  • Overwriting
  • Repetition