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Do you have a manuscript to revise? Could you use a little help? Award-winning author Janice Hardy (and founder of the popular writing site, Fiction University) takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process. She’ll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and how to fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Do you have a manuscript to revise? Could you use a little help? Award-winning author Janice Hardy (and founder of the popular writing site, Fiction University) takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process. She’ll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and how to fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft offers eleven self-guided workshops that target some of the toughest aspects of writing. It will help you: Develop a strong and effective revision plan Analyze your manuscript to find its strengths and weaknesses Spot common red flag words for problem areas (such as told prose) Determine the best way to revise a scene, plot, character, or novel Fix problems holding your novel back Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft starts every workshop with an analysis and offers multiple revision options in that area. You choose the options that best fit your writing process. Learn how to: Develop weak characters into strong ones Strengthen plots and subplots Flesh out your world or setting Control your novel’s pacing to keep readers hooked BONUS Workshop: How to salvage half-finished manuscripts Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft is an easy-to-follow guide to revising your manuscript and crafting a strong finished draft.


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Do you have a manuscript to revise? Could you use a little help? Award-winning author Janice Hardy (and founder of the popular writing site, Fiction University) takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process. She’ll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and how to fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Do you have a manuscript to revise? Could you use a little help? Award-winning author Janice Hardy (and founder of the popular writing site, Fiction University) takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process. She’ll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and how to fix those problems. With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft offers eleven self-guided workshops that target some of the toughest aspects of writing. It will help you: Develop a strong and effective revision plan Analyze your manuscript to find its strengths and weaknesses Spot common red flag words for problem areas (such as told prose) Determine the best way to revise a scene, plot, character, or novel Fix problems holding your novel back Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft starts every workshop with an analysis and offers multiple revision options in that area. You choose the options that best fit your writing process. Learn how to: Develop weak characters into strong ones Strengthen plots and subplots Flesh out your world or setting Control your novel’s pacing to keep readers hooked BONUS Workshop: How to salvage half-finished manuscripts Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft is an easy-to-follow guide to revising your manuscript and crafting a strong finished draft.

30 review for Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bibb

    I read Janice Hardy's Planning Your Novel book and found it to be absolutely helpful (to the point that I'm often recommending it to other writers). I've read that one multiple times as I've worked on writing and revising various stories. I was thrilled when Revising Your Novel finally came out. It has a lot of useful information. (Though, as one of the other reviewers have stated, it can feel a bit dense. You may want to read it in chunks, or focus on one or two specific issues at a time. I wou I read Janice Hardy's Planning Your Novel book and found it to be absolutely helpful (to the point that I'm often recommending it to other writers). I've read that one multiple times as I've worked on writing and revising various stories. I was thrilled when Revising Your Novel finally came out. It has a lot of useful information. (Though, as one of the other reviewers have stated, it can feel a bit dense. You may want to read it in chunks, or focus on one or two specific issues at a time. I would argue, though, that you'll want to read the whole thing to start with, because many issues can loosely tie into another, and this shows how everything affects each other). I was in the middle of working on my most recent novel and having issues with some of the scenes, and this book was one of the things that helped me get the story where I wanted it to be. Some of the information did feel a bit redundant at times, but usually tied a new way into the topic or was made easier to understand. Revising Your Novel allows you to really focus in on what issues might be plaguing your story, and what steps can be taken to focus on those issues. I highly recommend this book, and the first book in this series, if you are having issues with your book just not feeling right.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Willson

    Absolutely essential when you're learning to edit your books Absolutely essential when you're learning to edit your books

  3. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Good checklist at the end Revising Your Novel is a thorough overview of what to look for so that your story conveys your meaning. Fiction has so many moving parts that some of us need checklists. We may not get in all the fixes that we’d like, but we’ll be farther ahead in our goal by using the items recommended by Ms. Hardy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    I love Janice Hardy's books. They are so easy to follow and very useful. If you need to self edit before turning it over to a professional or you are an editor looking to learn something, this is an excellent book to invest in. I love Janice Hardy's books. They are so easy to follow and very useful. If you need to self edit before turning it over to a professional or you are an editor looking to learn something, this is an excellent book to invest in.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kamryn Koble

    Do you know how grateful I am that I'm finally reading this book? I've owned it for years, but it's the first time I've actually had a 100% complete first draft in my hands. I love Hardy's "Planning Your Novel" book, and "Revising Your Novel" is an equally powerful tool. The one downfall is that it speaks to many different types of writers and drafts that it's difficult to discern what information actually applies to your work. This is more of a skip-around reference guide than a read-through ty Do you know how grateful I am that I'm finally reading this book? I've owned it for years, but it's the first time I've actually had a 100% complete first draft in my hands. I love Hardy's "Planning Your Novel" book, and "Revising Your Novel" is an equally powerful tool. The one downfall is that it speaks to many different types of writers and drafts that it's difficult to discern what information actually applies to your work. This is more of a skip-around reference guide than a read-through type of book. I'll definitely keep it on hand. I'm still not sure what exact steps I need to take to revise my novel, but Hardy's book provided a decent amount of clarification. I recommend this for anyone with a rough draft, particularly those who have major problems to fix.

  6. 4 out of 5

    CL

    This is a mega-dense book but I don't think it's meant to (nor should be) read from start to finish. I began it highlighting bits that I felt I needed to pay attention to, and then ended up dipping in and out. I think it's an amazing resource that will be used when I find I'm struggling with particular issues during the editing stage in the future, and I'm most grateful for Janice's suggestion about creating an editorial map. This is overflowing with how-tos for fixing various problems. If an ag This is a mega-dense book but I don't think it's meant to (nor should be) read from start to finish. I began it highlighting bits that I felt I needed to pay attention to, and then ended up dipping in and out. I think it's an amazing resource that will be used when I find I'm struggling with particular issues during the editing stage in the future, and I'm most grateful for Janice's suggestion about creating an editorial map. This is overflowing with how-tos for fixing various problems. If an agent or editor or critique partner flags up an area that needs work, this should be your go-to source for diving into that!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Hess

    Helpful in ways that are not easy to identify. Recommended. Read more than once. Once for the information, and second to put the work into your own novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dave Tindall

    Pretty good. Some good ideas that I will use in my novels.

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    Mrs Jennifer M Lewis

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    Caroline Hutton

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    Alexis-Morgan Roark

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    Kimberly Hansen

  13. 4 out of 5

    Terry N Taylor

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    Lanny Wilson

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    Jeffrey Hodge

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    Phil Hodgkiss

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara Riouch

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lysa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sheriene

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