Take your first draft from so-so to sold!
You've finished the first draft of your novelcongratulations! Time to have a drink, sit back...and start revising. But the revision process doesn't have to be intimidating. Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition gives you the tools and advice you need to transform your first draft into a finished manuscript that agents and editors will fight for.
Inside you'll find:
- Self-editing techniques for plot, structure, character, theme, voice, and more that can be applied as you're writing to reduce your revision workload.
- Methods for fine-tuning your first draft into a tight, well-developed piece of literature.
- The Ultimate Revision Checklist, which seamlessly guides you through the revision process, step by step.
- New Chapter! Exercises and techniques for "deepening" your work to engage and excite readers like never before.
Whether you're writing a novel currently or have finished the first draft, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition will give you the guidance you need to revise your manuscript into a novel ready to be sold.
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About the Author
James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of Plot & Structure , and thrillers like Deceived, Try Dying, Watch Your Back , and One More Lie (International Thriller Writers Award finalist), and is a Christy Award winner. His fiction has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and the Library Review. A former trial lawyer, Bell now writes and speaks full time. He lives in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
Introduction To The 2nd Edition 1
On Becoming A Writer 4
Part 1 Self-Editing
Chapter 1 A Philosophy of Self-Editing 11
Chapter 2 Characters 21
Chapter 3 Plot and Structure 48
Chapter 4 Point of View 63
Chapter 5 Scenes 74
Chapter 6 Dialogue 98
Chapter 7 Beginnings, Middles, and Ends 129
Chapter 8 Show vs. Tell 145
Chapter 9 Voice and Style 153
Chapter 10 Setting and Description 167
Chapter 11 Exposition 178
Chapter 12 Theme 182
Part 2 Revision
Chapter 13 A Philosophy of Revision 196
Chapter 14 Before You Revise 208
Chapter 15 The First Read-Through 215
Chapter 16 Deepening 223
Chapter 17 The Ultimate Revision Checklist 229
Epilogue: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained 267
Appendix: Exercise Answers 269
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very informative book for aspiring novelists. If you need assistance in completing your novel, or want to know if you are on the right track this book is for you. Ideas for your novel pop into your head, as you are reading this book.