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.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 12/2013 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • A first draft of a book

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone with a first draft of a book that they want to revise

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction

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

Section 2: Revision Pass 1

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.


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.

5 pages

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


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.


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.


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


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

Section 3: Rewriting

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.


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


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


We look at the rewrite possibilities within the story.

Section 4: The Second Pass

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

Section 5: The Third Pass

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


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

Section 6: Course summary and close

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.

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Instructor Biography

Perry Wilson, Author and Project Manager

Perry Wilson lives in New Westminster, BC and writes under the pen name P.A. Wilson. She is a project management consultant and has more than 30 years of people and project management wisdom to share.

As an author, her love of fantasy and mystery led her to reactivate her lifelong drive to tell stories at the age of 50. Participating in National Novel Writing Month in 2008 woke the author in her resulted in the first Madeline Journey: Off Track.

Since then, she's advised and mentored budding authors on how to take the next step toward getting published.

As a member of both the Vancouver Writer's Social Group and The Federation of B.C. Writers, she has developed a method of uncovering the writing style of an author and helping them blossom.

As a Project Management Consultant, she has helped clients manage people through massive organizational change and delivered projects ranging from construction of new buildings to improving operational efficiency.

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