So, you wrote a first draft of a novel! Now what?
The short answer is: now you revise. But as you’ve probably already figured out, that’s not an easy task. Nor a straight-forward one.
It conjures up all sorts of panicky questions like:
- Where do I start?
- What do I focus on?
- Do I revise chronologically? Or out of order?
- What problems am I supposed to be looking for?
- How do I keep myself organized?
- Do I start a brand-new document or revise the one I have?
- What’s the difference between a revision and a rewrite and how do I know which one I need to do?
- What do I do if my first draft is such a huge mess, I don’t even want to look at it?
Revision can feel nerve-wracking and overwhelming and sometimes even insurmountable. Because the truth is, it’s NOT a straight-forward, systematic task with an easy-to-follow blueprint to ensure you’re doing it properly.
Well, until now, anyway. 😉
The Complete Novel Revision Course will walk you step-by-step through a tried-and-true, time-tested revision process that will not only answer all of those questions about how to revise, but will provide you with a systematic approach to the revision process that is designed to make you feel:
- In control
This course is designed to turn you into a Revising Master!
Taught by Writing Mastery Academy founder Jessica Brody (author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel and over 20 novels), this course will guide you step-by-step through the process of taking a first draft to a final draft, with all the necessary strategies, tools, and techniques to accomplish that.
Jessica has taken her knowledge from writing and revising 20+ novels, her experience working with over 100,000 writers (through her books, webinars, and online courses), and her interviews with professional editors and authors and combined it all to create this one-of-a-kind, systematic approach to revising a novel.
This approach is all about MAXIMIZING:
And MINIMIZING feelings of:
Anxiety Overwhelm Discouragement
Following the standard publishing industry practice, (and in order to set you up for the most effective, least stressful revision process possible), the course breaks down the revision process into three levels:
THE STORY LEVEL (or Developmental Edit) is where you’ll focus on the bigger picture items that affect the entire story, like structure, plot, character arcs, character development, conflict, tension, worldbuilding and the overall pacing of the plot.
THE SCENE LEVEL (or Detailed Edit) is where you’ll tackle your novel in smaller pieces, ensuring that each scene (or event in the plot) is crafted in the most engaging way. This is when you’ll revise every scene individually to make sure they have solid pacing, structure, and all the components of a successful scene.
THE PAGE LEVEL (or Line Edit) is where you’ll focus on making sure your writing is dynamic and compelling on every page. This is where you’ll get into the nitty gritty editing work, revising and polishing every sentence until it shines.
Each level features tons of examples from popular novels and comes with a comprehensive set of “checkpoints,” making it easy for you to self-diagnose problem areas in your own manuscript and fix them. You’ll know exactly when you’re ready to move onto the next level when you’ve passed all the checkpoints!
And as you’re revising your novel, Jessica revises one of her own! Throughout each level, she demonstrates the entire revision process, so you can watch step-by-step how she takes a first draft to a final draft, including storyboard demos, scene-card demos, and even live line-editing demos!
By the end of the course, you’ll have a shiny, finished draft that you’ll be proud and confident to pass on to the next step of your writing journey – whether that be uploading to a publishing platform, submitting to an agent, or turning in to your publisher.
You CAN revise this novel!
You can make it shine. No matter how messy your first draft is. And in this course you’ll learn exactly how to do it.