The story before the story
What happens if you’re working through a revision and discover that, really, you’ve written two separate stories?
One of Holly’s students discovered she’d done just that when processing through HTRYN a few years ago. The first part of her manuscript was about her characters’ childhood. The main part of the action takes place when they’re significantly older.
She was trying to decide what to do with this two part story. Should she revise the entire thing together, just as she’d written it? Should she scrap the backstory completely? Should she separate the two parts and use the characters’ childhood as it’s own short story or novella?
Though the question was asked several years ago, the answers she received are still valid today. Members of HTRYN are encouraged to login and see what advice was given for revising a novel in two parts.