Sorry for the gap! I dove deep into writing and was so caught up I forgot to post! I’m back to discuss the first step in my revision process. During the month of October, I’ll go over how I plot my upcoming novels as I prepare for NaNoWriMo in November. I tell you this because at this point I already have my characters outlined.
I do this while I’m in the planning stage of my novel, but after I finish my first draft, I always return to those character outlines. As I’m writing, I may discover a facet to a character I might not have thought of originally, or the character may have evolved from the original outline I did.
Also, new characters tend to insert themselves into the story as I go along. I will add these characters in and flesh them out.
I use the books created by Writers Helping Writers to work through my character traits, both negative and positive, as well as their emotional wounds. You can find these books here.
This is one of the quickest parts of my revision process, because most of the work is already done. This step usually doesn’t take too long, having done most of the work during the brainstorming portion, but it is extremely important in making sure that my characters are dynamic and believable.
Once I cross my T’s and dot my I’s with my characters, I move on to plotting.