The world of Indie publishing means opportunity abounds for writers, and the more you can do yourself, the faster you’ll get your book to readers. One way to do more is to self-evaluate your first draft and rewrite it before sharing it with others.
Whether you’re a plotter or a panster, once you’ve completed your first draft you might be asking yourself:
- Where do I start my manuscript rewrite?
- How do I keep track of writing tips I’ve read and apply them to my story?
- What should I change to make my story better?
- Am I ready to share my manuscript with others?
What is Rewriting?
A comprehensive rewrite/revision is the first step in the self-editing process. I’m not talking about copyediting or proofreading. You can do that after you’ve completed your rewrite.
Rewriting your first draft means analyzing your story from a high-level perspective and fixing any weak areas. You want to make sure the story structure makes sense, the scenes are tense, there are no plot holes, and you haven’t left any subplots unfinished.
During the rewrite, you also take a hard look at your characters. How often do they appear? What are their goals? What gets in the way of their goals? Characters will drive the tension in your story, and tension is what keeps a reader reading.
Finally, the rewrite should examine your settings. How often do you use the same setting, and is it too often? Do your settings help with the tone of your scenes? Settings are key to keeping your reader engaged, so don’t ignore them.
How can we help you?
We’re building Feedback, an app that helps writers turn a first draft into a great story by providing a guided approach to tackling comprehensive rewrites.
With Feedback, you can focus on plot, character, and setting. You can evaluate on a scene-by-scene basis or on overall novel structure. Feedback will show you the most important structural elements to work on first.
Feedback will guide you through the rewriting process by asking you questions specific to your manuscript, enabling you to evaluate your own story.
Feedback helps you visualize your manuscript. Forget about yellow stickies or white boards. Feedback will draw character arcs, provide reports on scene evaluation, and show your rewriting progress.
Feedback is a learning tool. If you’re having trouble with a certain element of fiction, just click on the rewrite tip associated with that element and find out how to improve your writing. There’s no need to search through dozens of writing books to find the piece of advice you need.
On the technical side, Feedback will be a secure, web-based app. This means you will be able to access Feedback from any device you use.
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Our goal is to launch Feedback in the spring of 2017. In order to create an app that is truly useful to writers, we’d like your input on building Feedback. Sign up and we’ll send you updates on the development progress and ask you the occasional question to help define the product. As a bonus, we’ll send you rewriting tips available only to our subscribers.
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This post is contributed as Guest post by Kristina Stanley