Ok, we're about halfway through NaNoWriMo and I'm starting to think about how to clean up this steaming pile of... beautiful writing that I have accumulated as I meet my word goal each day. I'm on target to complete the challenge of 50,000 words by November 30th, which amounts to about half a novel. So while I'll still have the other half to write by the time December rolls around, I'm already thinking about editing. As I'm sure a couple other NaNoers are.
When writing my first manuscript, I came across a great article by Holly Lisle, titled: "One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle." Instead of doing spotty revisions chapter by chapter, you savage the whole book in one go and create a masterpiece - or that's the theory. I've taken bits and pieces of Ms. Lisle's advice for other projects, but since my NaNo novel is exceptionally... exceptional, I think I'll follow her process from start to finish and see where it takes me.
So good luck to all NaNoers. We're halfway there!
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with nearly a hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. When not writing, I'm the Book Reviews Editor for the magazine Bewildering Stories. If the Walking Dead isn't on, I draw pictures and do origami meditation in Connecticut, where I live with my family. If the Walking Dead is on... shhhh! The Walking Dead is on! For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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