I currently reside on the seventh level, the ‘this book sucks’ level where plot points and dialogue I thought were so cool in the first draft now strike me as vapid globs of desperation. Oh lord, deliver me from my woe!
And then I stumbled on a website. The clouds parted, an angelic choir began singing. Author Holly Lisle has come to my rescue and slapped me upside the head. “My first revision is my last revision. If you’d like to cut years off the process of revising, I’ll be happy to show you how.”
The straw has been extended; I lunge for it.
Lisle calls her system the One Pass Manuscript Revision. I read the technique on her must-visit website and a chime went off. Ah ha! I could do this. And all in one cycle, too.
I got right on it.
How’s it working for me, you ask? [Read more…]