Talk with at least one other person in the room about these questions:
- What large (global, chapter-level) changes do you need to make first? Second?
- What worries you about your opening? Your middle? Your conclusion?
- How can you increase the reader’s engagement in the narrative?
- Which scenes might you summarize? Which summaries need to become scenes?
- How do you plan to show change in characters in the next draft?
At home, do at least one of the following:
- Read the draft in one sitting without changing anything. Note changes you’d like to make.
- Make an outline of what you’ve already written.
- Write a one-page summary of the entire rough draft
- Chart increasing and decreasing tension in the rough draft
- Try the “shrunken draft” exercise.
Make a revision plan or at least a list of several “next drafts.”
- Give each draft a specific purpose. For example
- Does altering the order of events increases drama?
- Does altering the order of events make power shifts more obvious?
- Which scenes can be added to increase characterization?
- Which summaries ought to be scenes?
- What can I cut?
- Which scenes need to be rewritten?
- Which is the most boring moment and how can that be changed?
- Where might chapters be important? Where might you divide the manuscript so that revising each draft can consist of a series of smaller, less overwhelming tasks?
- Save sentence-level/grammar issues for the summer.