Revising & Editing your Novel
Thursday April 29, 2021
Tutorial 4 from Craft Tutorials for Fiction Writers
Novelist David Mitchell likens a novel to an end-of-the-pier horse-race game. The rickety horses are Character, Structure, Plot, Language and Ideas: as you write they move forward but sometimes one stalls, and sometimes another surges ahead. In this series of craft workshops, we will work with individual horses in ways which should help you to bring them all over the finishing line together.
In this final Craft workshop we will think about how you might harness your horses so that you can cope with the stalls and surges and even find greater inspiration in them – and build a better novel.
Revising & Editing
All writers know that the most important stage of writing is actually the re-write. Most know that it’s about a whole lot more than tidying up the sentences – but what does that actually mean? What should you be looking for and what do you do about it?
In this two hour tutorial Emma will start with ways to think about your plot and structure, and then drill in to explore how to bring your characters to more vivid, story-driving life. The crucial issue of your narrative’s voices and dialogue comes next, then we’ll explore the power of psychic distance, before finishing with a close-up to look at how all this plays out at the sentence level.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions through the chat box and you should go away with plenty of tips for diagnosing problems, lots of tools for solving them, and a clear plan for how to set about the revising process. There will also be a handout available so that you can focus on the tutorial and not worry about having to make extensive notes.
Assistance to writers on low incomes and/or from communities under represented in publishing
We are offering a free place on each of our online tutorials and Q & A sessions for UK based writers on low incomes and/or from under represented communities in publishing.
Writers may apply for a free place on one of the sessions by contacting BPA with a short bio and a summary of their writing career to date.
Please click here to Contact BPA with your application and in the case of writers on low incomes, proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Disability Benefit; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credit; Proof of being a full-time student; Housing benefit; Proof of being a full-time carer.
All details will be kept confidential. Decisions on who receives the free places rest with the BPA team not the tutors.