I started my revision today. Following the guidelines in the article I cited in my blog postyesterday, I first wrote down my theme, a 25-word summary of the entire book, a one-line story arc for my main character, and a novel synopsis of less than 250 words. By the time I finished all that, I had time to revise only ten pages pages of manuscript, leaving me with fifteen pages to complete before I go to bed tonight. But I can already see that being clear on all these elements will make it easier to remove anything that does not move my story forward.
My big red pen is ready and waiting.
The Petit Fours & Hot Tamales Recipe for Success Write-Off begins tomorrow. The grand prize winner will receive a critique of the first twenty pages of an unpublished manuscript from literary agent Chelsea Gilmore of the Maria Carvainis agency. Click HERE for contest rules; nothing would make me happier than for one of my followers to win! Good luck to all!