Writing A Book: Revision
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Writing A Book: Revision

Learn how to take your first draft to a complete story that is ready for critique and how to deal with the feedback.
4.0 (15 ratings)
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1,796 students enrolled
Created by Perry Wilson
Last updated 8/2016
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You willl learn what to look for in each of 3 passes at revision
  • You will learn how to give and receive critique feedback
  • You will gain an understanding of your person writing quirks
  • You will receive tools to support your work in the revision process
Requirements
  • A first draft of a book
Description

Revision is the real story craft of any writing project. Now that you have your first draft on the page, you might think revision is a chore. Having a great process to analyze the manuscript and tighten up the characters, plot, and tension is vital to polishing the gem.

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free, Michelangelo.

You first draft is that piece of marble. Revision is the act of setting the angel free.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone with a first draft of a book that they want to revise
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 51:11
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:17

A quick introduction to me and my background in the skills for the course

Preview 01:17
+ Revision Pass 1
7 lectures 22:50

In this lesson, I talk about how each side of your brain is useful in the creative process. I touch on the revision passes and how I use them.

Preview 01:56

Here we start with how to use he outline worksheet to assess the problems in your first draft. We look at one of my books and compare the opening scenes before and after revision.

Analyze the Plot
03:14

A document explaining the 7 anchor scenes as a revision tool and a template to download

The Seven Anchor Scenes
5 pages

In this lesson we go through an analysis of the conflict lock for one of my current books. You learn how to tweak the conflict to make it more exciting.

Analyze the Conflict
04:29

In this lesson we learn how to analyze the problems with the characters. We dig into their goals, motivation, and conflict to make sure we have the right characters in the right roles.

Analyze the Characters
04:39

We take a look at some common issues with the first draft of a book.

Preview 05:26

We go through the steps on how to make the changes you've identified and we talk about when to stop making changes.

Making The Changes - When to Stop
03:06
+ Rewriting
4 lectures 10:56

When it comes down to it, sometimes you have to do more than just revise. In this lesson we cover off the indications that you have to do a rewrite.

Preview 02:15

We learn about changing the point of view in the story as we continue with the lessons on rewriting.

How To Rewrite - Changing Point of View
02:47

In this lesson we look at how to rewrite from the perspective of character changes.

How To Rewrite - Character Changes
03:19

We look at the rewrite possibilities within the story.

How To Rewrite - Story Changes
02:35
+ The Second Pass
1 lecture 02:09

This lesson covers off an entire pass of revision. We look at plugging the holes and smoothing out the bumps.

Plugging the Holes
02:09
+ The Third Pass
2 lectures 05:59

We talk about the critique preparation and how to find people to give you feedback.

Preparing For Input
03:04

We talk about how to take the information you receive from your critique partner without feeling emotional.

Preparing For The Feedback
02:55
+ Course summary and close
1 lecture 03:00

This lesson gives a quick summary of the course and ends with some steps on how to make the changes that you decided needed addressing.

Preview 03:00