Saving A Scene

And you thought writing that first draft was hard.

Well, it was, but the true test of your writing mettle comes when you sit down with the draft you’ve written and take a closer look. Where does it falls apart? Only then is it possible to come up with a plan to transform it into the story you envisioned. Holly calls this process creating a target.

In the very first lesson of How To Revise Your Novel, members start the rigorous process of distilling the story, identifying the weaker parts and sorting out the most powerful moments and characters.

Holly has created worksheets for that process. These worksheets even have a name: Despair.

One Boot Camp member, upon encountering a scene in the story that appears to have no redeeming value, asks fellow members for direction. Which worksheet does this offending scene belong on? Is the story at fault? Are the characters inconsistent? Is the setting out of whack? Could it be combination of all three?

In fact, is there anything worth saving about this scene?

How To Revise Your Novel members can log in to join the discussion and offer encouragement to a troubled writer fighting the turbulent tide of Week One HTRYN.

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KirstenMild-mannered scientist by day, merciless adverb assassin and font junkie by night. This writing thing is HARD! Fortunately, I have my friends at the Boot Camps to help me improve.View all posts by Kirsten