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.
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’s plot planner helped me to identify and develop this vital scene in my stories.
THINGS THAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM THE PlotWriMo VIDEOS
- How to revise your story concept and develop your characters
- How to approach your revision
- Character transformation and goals
- Concept and development of the energy in your story
- Scenes and themes
- Beginnings and Endings
- Manuscript voice
- 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.
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A PATH TO PUBLISHING BLOG TOUR
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:
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