Now that I’m officially out of the revision cave, I’ve been reflecting on what I discovered while reworking Book 2. I realized that I didn’t necessarily learn anything new, but I was reminded of several things that I’d managed to lose track of while I was drafting.
Here’s a list of the major reminders that helped me during my revisions:
1. If your character is capable and in-control all through the story, that means you haven’t pushed her far enough.
2. Scenes with people standing around are boring and static. Find a way to bring more physicality into the scene.
3. A bad guy who’s bad for the sake of it feels flat. Give your villain a reason for being bad.
4. Enrich your story world by populating it with interesting minor characters.
5. If a scene isn’t working, don’t be afraid to delete it and start over.
For my fellow revisers out there: What lessons/reminders have helped you in your revisions?