Revising

The WordNerds have many videos about how to revise a novel. To watch all of our videos on editing, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific topic with regards to revisions, use the list below or the search bar.

5 Editing Mistakes I Made Starting Out

E. Latimer shares some rookie mistakes for newbie editors, based on her own experience.

A Little Revising Advice!

Desiraye Williams gives some revising tips.

A Quick Lesson on Set Up And Payoff

Rachel Sargeant gives a mini lesson on how to create a satisfying payoff for readers. Lindsay Ellis’s video on Set Up and Payoff in Mad Max, Fury Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLLGN7zv-3k&t=512s

A Writing Update in 2.5 Parts!

Meghan Jashinsky talks about life after signing with an agent, as well as revising a book she’s co-written with Kyra.

All the Edits

E. Latimer talks about what she does to prepare for intense revisions.

Ariane Felix: Scrivener Tips

Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!

Common Rejections and How to Fix Them

Meghan Jashinsky shares the most common agent/editor rejections, and what you can do to fix them.

Crafting Scenes

Emma Kate talks about the importance of scenes, and how to write a good scene.

Cutting Out 10%

Kellie Sheridan gives a few tips on how to tighten up your manuscript at every level.

Don’t Strive for Perfect

Kellie Sheridan talks about the importance of letting go, and sending your book out into the world.

Easing Back Into Revisions

Emma Kate talks about moving back into revisions after an unplanned writing break.

Finding the Beginning

Emma Kate talks about the most important elements of an opening scene, and how to write a compelling first chapter.

First Draft Hangover

Calyn Morgan talks about first draft hangovers and coming back from a writing break.

First Lines

Emma share some tips for finding the best first line for your book, discusses whether or not you need the “perfect” one, and shares some examples.

Flexibility in Writing

Erica Crouch talks about how your writing should be like a living document–change is okay and often good!

Focus Your Revisions

Erica Crouch talks about the most important aspect of revisions–figuring out what the main point/focus of your story is.

HOW I REVISE AFTER BETA READER FEEDBACK

Meghan shares her writing process for revising a novel after she’s gotten feedback from her writing group, including lots of video footage, writerly anxiety, and a mini microsoft office tutorial for combining multiple Word docs into one document. Share your revisions-after-feedback process in the comments! (also apologies for any bumping sounds in the background of … Continue reading HOW I REVISE AFTER BETA READER FEEDBACK

HOW THE HECK DO I FIX THIS?

Meghan Jashinsky gives a four-part vlog series about how she revises her novels, from finishing your first draft to your shiny and new “The End.”

HOW TO GUT YOUR NOVEL

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how to make major, book-gutting revisions/rewrites.

How We Revise

I AM REVISING A DIFFICULT NOVEL (Plus a Tour of My Ultimate Revisions Notebook)

Meghan has been doing some extremely tough revisions, and she wanted to share how her process is going and give a tour of the writing binder that has made revisions manageable.

I FINISHED MY ROUGH DRAFT. Now What?

E. Latimer talks about all of the things you should do once you’ve finished your first draft.

I’m Using Beat Sheets in Revisions!

Meghan is deep in the revisions cave, and used beat sheets to help conquer some of her editing writer’s block. How has your writing been going? SAVANNAH GILBO’S BEAT SHEET WORKSHEET: https://www.savannahgilbo.com/blog/plotting-save-the-cat JESSICA BRODY’S BEAT SHEET BREAKDOWN: https://www.jessicabrody.com/save-the-cat-starter-kit/?utm_source=jessicabrody&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=pdf-redirect

Knowing Which Scenes to Cut (and Which to Rework)

Emma Kate talks about how you can tell if you need to cut a scene during revisions.

Making the Tough Cuts

Kellie Sheridan gives some tips on cutting unnecessary parts of your manuscript.

Manuscript Format

Emma Kate does a tutorial on standard manuscript formatting for submitting to agents and publishers.

Meghan’s Revision Process

Meghan Jashinsky shares a quick look at her revisions process.

Meghan’s Revisions checklist (With Worksheet!)

Meghan Jashinsky shares a link to the downloadable version of her revisions checklist! LINK TO THE SPREADSHEET: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_t54uyhxUUzEsbRrBs1IJVXLPLBfJqIZg1IetN3vEPo/edit?usp=sharing To save the worksheet for yourself, you have two options: File / Make a Copy / Okay (on the box that pops up and asks if you want to make the copy in your Drive folder). Then … Continue reading Meghan’s Revisions checklist (With Worksheet!)

Moving and Master Lists

E. Latimer talks about preparing to move and how she uses master lists in revisions.

My Bookstagram is a Metaphor

Rachel Sargeant talks about her recent bookstagram is a metaphor for writing and revising.

Over Editing

Erica Crouch warns you not to revise your manuscript too much.

Plot Twists!

Emma Kate talks about how to write plot twists well.

Pro Writing Aid

Meghan Jashinsky talks about ProWritingAid, a great line editing program that she’s being trying out during Pitch Wars!

Quick Round of Revisions

Emma describes her plan to complete some quick revisions to get her manuscript ready for beta readers before maternity leave.

Revisions and Waiting

E. Latimer talks about the importance of patience in the writing industry. Don’t rush the things you can control!

Revisions Essentials Kit

Emma Kate shares her revision must-haves.

Self-Editing

In this Sunday Special Live Chat, the WordNerds talk all about their revisions processes from start to finish.

Take Some Risks!

Meghan Jashinsky talks about trying new things when you revise–you never know how it might help your work!

Tension Advice a la Hitchcock

Rachel Sargeant talks about writing tension well using advice from Alfred Hitchcock.

The Book Skeleton

Meghan Jashinsky talks about using the book skeleton method, and shares a downloadable worksheet so that you can use it, too!

The Sagging, Dragging Middle

Meghan Jashinsky gives tips for when the middle of your book feels like it’s dragging.

The Sticky Note Outline

E. Latimer talks about using sticky notes to help with revising a novel.

The Trifecta of Publishing

In this Sunday Special Live chat, the WordNerds talk about your options once you’ve finished a book–indie publishing, self publishing, traditional publishing? There will be lots of things you need to do to prepare for any of them.

Thoughts I Had Before Hitting Send

Meghan Jashinsky shares some thoughts she had before hitting send on a particularly grueling round of revisions, and then celebrates the success.

Three Self Editing Tips

Kellie Sheridan talks about the eternal struggle of editing your own novels, and how you can make your job a little easier.

Trimming When You Don’t Know Which Words to Cut

Author B.A. Williamson joins us to talk about how he cuts down his manuscripts when he already feels like he’s killed all his darlings. PURCHASE THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURES OF GWENDOLYN GRAY: https://www.amazon.com/Marvelous-Adventures-Gwendolyn-Gray/dp/1631631721 Follow B.A. Williamson on social media! Twitter: https://twitter.com/bawrites Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gwendolyngraybook Website: http://bawilliamson.com/

UNDER AND OVER-WRITING

Today we’re talking all about underwriting and overwriting.

Using the Navigation Pane in Revisions

Meghan Jashinsky gives a brief tutorial on how she uses the Navigation Pane in Microsoft Word to make her revisions go faster.

What to Do After You Spew

Emma Kate talks about pre-submission editing, and how you shouldn’t send your manuscript to editors and agents right after you type “The End.”

Worrying About Word Count

Kellie Sheridan talks about the ideal word counts for YA novels.

WOW WHITE BOARDS

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how she uses white boards for extra inspiration throughout the writing process.

Write With Me – An Editing Vlog

Join E. Latimer as she starts edits on her manuscript, and shows you a day in the life of an editing author. Kate Cavanaugh’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrE_yfPzL-aGQtk80lF_Khw