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11 Tips for Revising Your NaNoWriMo Draft | Called to Write
It's mid-January. If you "won" NaNoWriMo, you'll have 50,000 words of raw material for a new novel. If you didn't make it to the 50k mark, you'll still have pages to work with. But now what? Where do you start, in shaping your big block of marble into something with legs, something that works, something that's marketable? Although many writers, already know this, it's worth stating: Under most circumstances, do not revise from the beginning to the end of your draft in order. When you're working with a first draft, you first have to assess what you have before you start revising. At this stage, editing, polishing, proofreading, and wordsmithing are premature, unless you've written a near perfect draft, which is unlikely at this stage. Unless you're a thoroughly seasoned writer (in which case you probably aren't doing NaNo), if you revise chronologically, you'll most likely find major structural and development issues in your story and end up cutting or substantively changing the work