In it for the long haul.

The first draft of a novel is just that – it’s not the finished article. It can be rather rough at first, but the edges can be smoothed down at a later stage, so it takes the shape you were aiming for.

The general conscientious is that once the first draft is finished, you take a break so that your brain can focus on the re-write with a detached mind so you have a more objective view – much like an agent. Here are some questions you could ask yourself during the revision.

Does the opening grab your attention and get you interested?
Does the reader get sucked into the story, or is it a slow burn?
Is too much given away too soon?
Are too many characters introduced too soon, hence confusing the reader?
What is the pacing like – is it too fast, too slow or flagging badly in places?
Are there enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested and get them to begin deducing things for themselves?
– Have the characters retained the same distinguishing features – make sure their eyes remain the same colour.
Does the reader always know who is talking?
Does each scene move the story forward and have a purpose?
Do the protagonists have a journey to make?
Is the protagonist a likable character for the reader?
Does the ending leave the reader feeling satisfied?
Are all the subplots neatly tied up – unless need for curiosity for the next novel in a series.

If it was easy to write a novel, everyone would be doing it. It takes hard work, time, dedication and a positive outlook to keep going and keep believing. Retaining some of the above questions may help you to read over your work with a critical eye.

Happy Word Flow One & All

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