Asked • 03/18/19

Revision Process Order?

What would be the best/most fluid/easiest way to revise your manuscript? I've read A LOT up on this and have 2 pages of stuff to revise and check for. Fixing the following things:Main Plot Holes,POV checks,passive voice corrections,filter words for 3rd person,transition scenes and paragraphs,ensure good conflict/tension,minimize adverb usage,character distinction-ensuring each is unique-ensure unique dialog,foreshadowing,read and correct dialog aloud,incorporate beta reader feedback ( i know this one is later in the process),ensure there isn't too much description of setting and characters in early chapters,develop micro tension,pacing,And on and on. I have tried to group many of these together but as it stand it looks like I'm going to have about 5 revisions, maybe more. It seems so overwhelming. Which topics would be best to group together to minimize revisions?Note: Its a completed first draft where i just blasted through getting all my thoughts done. I have done extensive world building. There is no time contraint. I want it done right, not fast. I am a "architect" writer.

Debbie B.

Your hunch is right: you are going to have LOTS of revisions. Dig in and take a deep breath, put on some thinking music (for me it's Bill Evans), and address all those issues. Then find a colleague or two who will read it through for you, then hire a professional editor.


1 Expert Answer


Janet W. answered • 08/16/19

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