Written by Darcy Pattison
So you’ve written a novel?
You should be thrilled, but you’re filled with dread.
Because you need to revise your novel.
Revising a novel looms large because novels are complex. So we break them into manageable parts called chapters.
A chapter is short, covers a few pages, and usually deals with only a few plot points, or small character goals.
Revising one chapter at a time simplifies the process of revising your novel, but it’s a misleading revision. Consider the complexity of a novel in all its glory:
- Novels cover a wide scope in theme, setting and events.
- Novels involve many characters, and delve deep into their inner lives.
- Novels include a series of interlocking plot points or character goals.
- Often, several subplots weave in and out of the main plot, to add extra layers of complexity.
- Over the course of a novel, a character must change and evolve, while staying true to their inner life.
With so much complexity, novelists struggle to keep everything in mind. Enter the shrunken manuscript.