I just finished. Finally. For the last week I have been going through my novel one chapter at a time. With each chapter I note whose perspective I am writing from and what happens in the scene. It took me a while to get into the groove with this, and I wasn’t certain how valuable it would be, but as I moved forward, getting closer and closer to the end, I realized from doing this how much my story was actually missing.

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My Chapter Mapping

So, I got this entire idea from Laurie Halse Anderson’s post on her blog.  Doing this was one of the best revision related processes that I’ve ever gone through, and if you are a regular reader, you probably realize that I have revised just this novel three times. Some things that I learned from going through this process:

  • When I give backstory, I GIVE BACKSTORY. Like all of it.
  • I need to spend more time developing the decisions that my characters make. I know why they did it, but it wouldn’t be clear to anyone else.
  • My organization was lacking, and I don’t alternate evenly between the perspectives.
  • Some of my backstory characters became more important towards the end, so I need to make them important throughout.
  • I have a lot of ideas about how to fix the problems that I recognized.
  • Seeing the map, beginning to end, painted a completed picture, and I could see where certain parts were underdeveloped or where the thread line of the story gets lost.
  • I really like my ending.

So, if you are mid revision, I highly recommend checking out her post about revision. It was really eye-opening for me!

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