Ready to Revise: A Beginners Guide to Revision

You’ve finished the first draft, but what now?

It’s tempting not to touch it. It kinda all holds together. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I mean, it’s finished, right?


There’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is, every book has to go through some sort of revision process (including yours). And the good news is, every book has to go through some sort of revision process (including yours). So that hot mess that loosely holds together? That’s normal. You, my friend, are right on track.

But how do you revise a novel? What do you do? Where do you even start?

Join community manager, Abby Mathews, as she walks you through the process of analyzing your first draft and making a revision plan. This class is less about craft and more about PROCESS. In it we will:

  • Break the revision process into two parts: planning and executing
  • Learn a solid strategy to help keep you from prematurely “zhooshing” the first draft (before you’ve analyzed it and come up with a plan)
  • Learn how to analyze your work and find the big issues that need addressing
  • Learn how to keep track of what needs to be changed
  • Look at the logistics behind executing your plan
  • Talk about why, when, and how to bring an editor into the project

Abby Mathews is a creative soul who spent the first 37 years of her life dabbling in the wrong art form. She worked her way through nearly every fine art medium before being inspired by her BFF to try her hand at writing. It stuck. She is currently in the trenches pitching her second middle-grade book and is working on revising her co-written fourth novel. And, BONUS, she’s your trusty HappyWriter community manager!

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Course Includes

  • 3 Lessons