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.
E. Latimer shares some rookie mistakes for newbie editors, based on her own experience.
Desiraye Williams gives some revising tips.
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
Meghan talks about life after signing with an agent, as well as revising a book she’s co-written with Kyra.
E. Latimer talks about what she does to prepare for intense revisions.
Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!
Meghan shares the most common agent/editor rejections, and what you can do to fix them.
Emma Kate talks about the importance of scenes, and how to write a good scene.
Kellie Sheridan gives a few tips on how to tighten up your manuscript at every level.
Kellie Sheridan talks about the importance of letting go, and sending your book out into the world.
Emma Kate talks about moving back into revisions after an unplanned writing break.
Emma Kate talks about the most important elements of an opening scene, and how to write a compelling first chapter.
Calyn Morgan talks about first draft hangovers and coming back from a writing break.
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.
Erica Crouch talks about how your writing should be like a living document–change is okay and often good!
Erica Crouch talks about the most important aspect of revisions–figuring out what the main point/focus of your story is.
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 […]
Meghan talks about how to make major, book-gutting revisions/rewrites.
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.
E. Latimer talks about all of the things you should do once you’ve finished your first draft.
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
Emma Kate talks about how you can tell if you need to cut a scene during revisions.
Kellie Sheridan gives some tips on cutting unnecessary parts of your manuscript.
Emma Kate does a tutorial on standard manuscript formatting for submitting to agents and publishers.
Meghan shares a quick look at her revisions process.
Meghan 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 go […]
E. Latimer talks about preparing to move and how she uses master lists in revisions.
Rachel Sargeant talks about her recent bookstagram is a metaphor for writing and revising.
Erica Crouch warns you not to revise your manuscript too much.
Emma Kate talks about how to write plot twists well.
Meghan talks about ProWritingAid, a great line editing program that she’s being trying out during Pitch Wars!
Emma describes her plan to complete some quick revisions to get her manuscript ready for beta readers before maternity leave.
E. Latimer talks about the importance of patience in the writing industry. Don’t rush the things you can control!
Emma Kate shares her revision must-haves.
In this Sunday Special Live Chat, the WordNerds talk all about their revisions processes from start to finish.
Meghan talks about trying new things when you revise–you never know how it might help your work!
Rachel Sargeant talks about writing tension well using advice from Alfred Hitchcock.
Meghan talks about using the book skeleton method, and shares a downloadable worksheet so that you can use it, too!
Meghan gives tips for when the middle of your book feels like it’s dragging.
E. Latimer talks about using sticky notes to help with revising a novel.
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.
Meghan shares some thoughts she had before hitting send on a particularly grueling round of revisions, and then celebrates the success.
Kellie Sheridan talks about the eternal struggle of editing your own novels, and how you can make your job a little easier.
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/
Today we’re talking all about underwriting and overwriting.
Meghan gives a brief tutorial on how she uses the Navigation Pane in Microsoft Word to make her revisions go faster.
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.”
Kellie Sheridan talks about the ideal word counts for YA novels.
Meghan talks about how she uses white boards for extra inspiration throughout the writing process.
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