This is exactly the process I’ve evolved, and for the reasons given. While I’m an organic, feel it and follow writer, structure and focus are critical needs for me while I’m editing and revising. The outline isn’t fancy, and varies in length and complexity, depending on the scope of the novel, but it’s a very useful guide and reference.
by Kelsie Engen
Today we’re going to talk about how to approach the next revision step: developmental edits. Basically this means addressing the major, structural issues of your WIP before moving on to the minor things.
This step comes after you’ve read your first draft, made some comments or jotted down ideas.
Of course, whether you’ve merely jotted down ideas, or come up with new pacing suggestions, or discovered some character motivations, etc., at this point you should create a new outline.
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