Make Your Story Sing

Revise Purposefully, Publish Fearlessly
 
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Dear author,

You’ve finished the first draft. Congratulations!

You’re almost sure you’ve created something special.

But when you try to revise, you start second-guessing yourself. You can’t get further than the first few pages without rewriting something. And then changing it back.

Revising can feel like trying to see your self as others see you, and it isn’t easy. 

The way forward involves understanding the form you’ve chosen. Get to know the medium of your story: the novel. 

Novels are like haikus

Everyone knows that there are rules to the haiku form. They’re strict. To write an original and meaningful haiku requires great creativity.

Novels are the same. Even though they are a much longer form, novels have formal requirements. Once you understand them, you can see that your choices are limited, and this is strangely empowering. It gives you clear criteria for each decision you make as you revise.  Stalemate over.

A story that sings

A skilful writer tunes the tension between form and originality to just the right pitch.

When you get this tension right, you intensify your vision and amplify your voice.  You have a story that works for you and your readers. 

Instead of rewriting the first scene endlessly, you can look at the progress you’ve made.

 

Instead of feeling unsure of your writing, you can see the strengths of your novel.

 

Instead of feeling vulnerable and desperate for validation, you feel empowered.

Revising your novel doesn’t have to be painful, it can be fun! It’s my mission to help. 

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You’re in the right place because:

  • You want to realise the full potential of the story you’re telling and the characters you’ve created.
  • You think you can approach the revision process in a spirit of curiosity.
  • You believe you never stop learning.
  • You’re open to the possibility that I may be able to see latent themes and opportunities in your work that will help you realise your vision for your novel and find your voice.
  • You’re ready to dig deep.

But Purposeful Revision is not for you right now if:

  • You’re only interested in taking advice from a fellow fiction writer.
    • I’m a professional reader. When I left my academic job, I decided to put my hard-won skills in interpreting finished literary texts into the service of those producing them (learn more on the About page).
  • You only want to catch typos and definitive errors in your grammar.

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