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PlotWriMo – Revise Your Novel in a Month Blog Tour


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStarting or revising a novel is like embarking on a long and treacherous journey. You never know where it’s going to take you or how long before you get there.

Thanks to the PlotWriMo Revise Your Novel in a Month videos, there are now some great guides to help you on your adventure.

The videos have been produced by US Literary Agent, Jill Corcoran and the Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson. They have put together the PlotWriMo program to help authors get their book published and to learn how to revise their own novels to make their manuscripts shine.

There are eight videos in the PlotWriMo series, and I used them to revise two of my novels – a young adult thriller, Submerged and a middle grade survival story called Game On.  You can watch video 1 for free here.

Jill Corcoran

Jill Corcoran

The PlotWriMo videos helped me focus on what was important to and about my character and understanding how their actions drove the story. The videos also helped me identify the most important scenes and how to develop them for maximum impact.

Through the use of Energetic Markers (described fully in the videos), I identified the most important scenes and honed in on them. I identified the lowest point in the story for my character – when their flaw has brought them to their knees - when they have to acknowledge their responsibility for what has happened in the story.

This is an important point in a story that I don’t think I had identified before – it’s the point where the character acknowledges who they are, and that they will need to change in order to achieve their goals.


Martha Alderson

Martha Alderson’s plot planner helped me to identify and develop this vital scene in my stories.


  1. How to revise your story concept and develop your characters
  2. How to approach your revision
  3. Character transformation and goals
  4. Concept and development of the energy in your story
  5. Scenes and themes
  6. Climax
  7. Beginnings and Endings
  8. Manuscript voice
  9. Detailed revision

There are so many more great tips in the videos about things like cause and effect, where to start and end your story, strengthening voice and adding back story, just to name a few.

Here’s How the Video Series Work

Each video includes an in-depth look at the specific elements promised and how to consider these essential story principles as you write, revise, rewrite, sell your story. Writing assignment(s) guide you with step-by-step instruction.

Whether you decide to watch all the videos in a row and then go back and do the exercises or jump right in to the 1st video’s exercise, work at your own pace and take more or less time on the step-by-step exercises. The series are designed to fit into even the busiest of schedules. Sign-in and watch video lectures, complete homework assignments, and ask questions in a public forum on a timetable that fits your needs.

As well as the Novel Writing Videos, Martha and Jill also offer a series of videos for picture book writers and a number of other services to writers. You can find out more by joining their A Path to Publishing Facebook Group.

A Path to Publishing



Comment on this post, and enter Jill and Martha’s competition to win a FREE observation spot in an upcoming OFFICE HOURS workshop (a $45 value).


Find out more about Jill and Martha and how they can help your writing by following their blog tour. Here’s where it’s stopping:

December 1 https://www.facebook.com/nordlinger
December 1 http://writingclassesforkids.com
December 1 http://inkandangst.com/
December 1 taffyscandy.blogspot.com
December 1 Rebeccalacko.wordpress.com
December 2 http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com
December 2 http://1st10pages.com
December 2 http://thestorytellersscroll.blogspot.com
December 2 www.katherine-hajer.com
December 3 http://www.jordanrosenfeld.net
December 3 http://robyn-campbell.blogspot.com/
December 3 http://aditebanerjie.com
December 4 lje1.wordpress.com
December 4 http://writtenbymikey.blogspot.com/
December 4 www.PenInHerHand.com
December 5 www.ChristineSang.com
December 5 Susan P



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Thank you to the hundreds of writers who entered the Space writing competition.

photo 3 - Version 2I was overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of entries.

There were so many great stories that it was impossible to limit the winners to ten.

I wanted to give as many writers as possible the chance to be published, so 23 stories have been selected for the anthology.

If your story wasn’t selected, please don’t be disheartened. It doesn’t mean your story wasn’t great, it’s just that I couldn’t include everybody’s work in the anthology.

When selecting the winners, I tried to include a variety of different kinds of stories from boys and girls across different age groups.

Stories were also selected on originality of ideas. So your story might have been fantastic, but it might not have been selected because there was a story that was a lot like it.

I was amazed at the different and wonderful interpretations of the theme Space.

Everyone who entered this competition should be proud of their story.

Taking the time to write a story and enter it in a competition like this is a fantastic achievement.

EVERYONE who entered the competition will receive a certificate.


Unfortunately, I can’t give individual feedback on your stories, but some things to look out for in your writing:

1.  Read your story out loud. This will help you pick up where you have accidentally left words or letters out or the words are in the wrong order.

2. Try to keep your tenses consistent. Decide whether your story has already happened (past tense), is happening right now (present tense) or will happen in the future (future tense).


was have been will
had, have will have
had been are will be
did am will have been

3.  Instead of telling the reader what happened, try to show them what happened. Here’s what I mean:

Telling:  He fell of his horse and broke his arm.

Showing:  The horse bucked and tossed its head. He gripped harder with his knees but he couldn’t hung on. He grasped desperately at the saddle as he felt himself slipping. Thud! He hit the ground, his arm twisted under him.

4.  Use specific descriptions. For example, instead of saying that the tree looked interesting, show the reader why it was interesting.  “The bark on the tree was thorny like the skin of a crocodile. It was sharp to touch and it smelled like peppermint.”  See how this description gives the reader a much clearer picture in their mind of what the tree is really like.

5. Use strong verbs. For example, instead of saying that the horse ‘ran quickly’, say that it ‘galloped’.


Congratulations to the following writers whose stories have been selected for publication in the Space anthology

  1. How I Got a Space in My Heart by Jocelyn Jeary – aged 6
  2. Alien Friends by Emily Brown – aged 7
  3. The Black Hole Adventure by Emelie Kim – aged 8
  4. Did That Really Happen? by Tia Brantley – aged 9
  5. The Secret Room by Bann Irbash – aged 9
  6. I Need Space! by Shrishti Bendigeri – aged 9
  7. Seeds by Matthew Yun – aged 9
  8. Renewal of the Bear by Olivia Le – aged 10
  9. Space Girl by Tarni Mccosker  – aged 10
  10. Obsidian’s Challenge by Dinah Gardner – aged 11
  11. Mr Literal by Angus Nolan – aged 11
  12. Gone by Lauren Deards – aged 11
  13. Bridging the Gap by Katie Frazier – aged 12
  14. To Space and Beyond  by Izzah Khan – aged 12
  15. Empty Space by Cian Mcgrath – aged 13
  16. Space by Sophie Claridge – aged 13
  17. Kidnapped and unknown by Mary Kaunda  – aged 14
  18. Untitled by Shelden Bourk
  19. Doomed Flight by Cherry Bakura – aged 14
  20. The Space Between Us by Keearin Jackson – aged 14
  21. The Ramblings of an Abandoned Space Robot by Gillian Goh – aged 15
  22. Space for a Village by Reena Mukherjee – aged 16
  23. Space is inside of us by Merima Mustafic – aged 17


Subject to receiving all the editorial changes in time, I will be aiming to edit and publish the anthology in the first week of December.

It will then be available to download free from this blog.

Thanks again for sharing your wonderful stories and entering this competition.

Happy writing:)


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