• The Craft of Writing

    How to REALLY Revise Your Novel

    In Which I Come Face to Face With Real Revision As a freshman in College Writing 101, I wrote a narrative essay that my English professor thought was pretty good. It was exciting, about the time I popped my trail motorcycle off a log blocking the trail. So when it came time for the step of revising the rough draft into a more polished piece, I figured I didn’t need to do much more than check my commas. My story had everything it needed to earn me an A. “So what should I do for revision?” I asked my professor, expecting to hear something like,¬†oh, your paper is perfect. You…