Renee Conoulty: Rock Your Revisions by Cathy Yardley


Friday, 28 October 2016

Rock Your Revisions by Cathy Yardley

Do you feel overwhelmed trying to revise your novel?

Faced with a hot mess of rough draft, maybe you feel confused, unsure of what to fix -- or rather, what to fix first!

Editing fiction takes a slightly different mindset than writing the first rough pass of a novel. There are a lot of moving parts in a work of fiction. The trick is to not try and tackle everything at once.

ROCK YOUR REVISIONS: A Simple System for Revising Your Novel will show you a clear, easy-to-follow process for editing a novel. It will help you:

- Test for story structure on a macro level, providing detailed checklists for character and plot arcs.

- Test for story structure at the scene level, making sure each serves a purpose in the novel (and hopefully more than one!)

- Gain insight on the mechanics of the novel -- checking POV choice, dialogue, exposition vs. detail (showing versus telling), and more, with a systematic scene-by-scene approach.

This book goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding illustrative examples, and finishing each section with exercises designed to help you see how to not only edit a novel, but improve your reader's enjoyment of your book.

Hey! Here's my review.

I read this while in the midst of revisions on my first novel. It laid out a systematic approach to revision which I found helpful. I listened to the audiobook and took down notes to apply later. It was interesting and narrated well, so I devoured the whole thing in one sitting. 

If you are ready to revise your book and don't know where to start, this guide breaks it down into simple steps.


  • Where: Audible
  • Format: audiobook

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