Beginning Revisions

My nano novel this year was more of a novella at 35K words. However I’ve decided not to give up on it. Just like revising and submitting Hindsight will only make me a better writer, revising Heroes in Name will also make me a better writer. The biggest problem I have is revision. I’ve done a partial revision on With Teeth, back when it was called something else and have since decided to rewrite it rather than revise it because most of the draft was crap and I wanted to go in a different direction.

I had been planning on doing the same with Heroes, thinking that a complete rewrite would be the only way to make it good enough. However today I took another look at it and there are gems hidden throughout. Not sparkly gems, they still need some polish, but I can keep the basic plot of more than half the written scenes. Of course to make it a novel, I’ll have to add several, over 50 new scenes, which shouldn’t be too difficult once I get a grasp on it.

So how did I figure this out? By going scene by scene and writing a brief sentence describing the main action of each scene. Then I went scene by scene and marked what scenes are basically keepable as is, which scenes need work but can be kept and which scenes make no sense now. Overall, between in tact scenes and workable scenes, I have about 43. The beginning  needs a bit of work and the ending needs to be fleshed out and I need a whole lot of middle, but there is something there that tickles me, that makes me want to delve back in.

So new goal. Revise Heroes in Name, at least one full revision in 2014. I’d like to get it out to Beta readers sometime this year and so that is my stretch goal.

I’m not done examining what I already have. Following Holly Lisle’s How to Revise a Novel, I’m now working on figuring out the plot that I got and the conflicts that I’ve started to develop.