Lesson 17 DONE. Those of you who are doing How To Revise Your Novel know what this means. Months and months and months of hard work revising your first novel, the novel you wrote backasswards. This is the novel you picked through, struggled with, discussed with your family and fretted over for hours, days, forever. The beast is revised now. All that remains is style check, continuity, and my personal favorite – punctuation and spelling. Yes, there is still a lot to do. But, the story itself is written. I won’t say more tonight, I’m just too tired. I feel good about coming in only five days over my deadline. Deadlines do work. Thanks  to my husband, Rick,  my military advisor and biggest fan, to Lynette for setting my timeframe, and to Texanne for compassionate advice.

9 thoughts on “Backasswards”

  1. A big fat congratulations! it must feel great to have it down and fixed. Make sure to celebrate this milestone…i don’t think anyone quite realizes how brutal and mentally draining this roller coaster of a lesson is!

  2. Congrats, Nancy!
    This lesson is both challenging and rewarding, but once you’ve reached the end of it I don’t think there will be any revision you can’t conquer. That is powerful!
    Enjoy the next few lessons. Going over what you’ve written with a fine tooth comb and making it shine is really fun. Who knows, you might discover even more cool things to love about your story!

    And I have to agree, Texanne is a treasure. 🙂

  3. Thanks! I’m taking an evening off to answer emails and respond to blog before I dig into 18. I do feel good about this. I still can’t believe it.

  4. I really can’t imagine the relief you must feel. I’m sure I should have gone through the process, but let it all slide. Success is right around the corner.

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