How Revising Your Novel is Like Gardening

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 You wouldn’t think it… but actually revising your novel

is a WHOLE LOT like gardening!

Thought I’d peek out of the novel revision prison to post on my blog. I am so close to being done with this revision. Can’t wait.

 1. Maintain it! If you don’t pull the weeds, you’ll NEVER see the fruit

The weeds will choke out the life in your garden. It is the same with your writing – if you don’t clean the ‘cruddy’ words (being words that make your story hard to read, typos, plot holes, and more.) out, then it will make it hard for the TRUE story to come out and SHINE!

 2. Hard work pays off!

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Yesterday I spent a large chunk of my day in the garden. It was intense as I had to pick a lot of peas and beans. Thank goodness there weren’t any mosquitos or biting flies.  But, because I worked hard and picked those. Now I have some delicious veggies to eat.

This is the same for when we are writing. If you put in the hard work – you will see the results. Sitting down and working hard on your revision for a few hours will help you get some major headway on your manuscript.

 3. Say no to the biting flies.

Sit down with your schedule and figure out your plan of attack. If you need to be done with the edit by a certain time make sure you schedule your days and nights so that you get your work done. Don’t procrastinate. I decided to stay off of Facebook until I finished my edit. Which, let me tell you HAS been hard. What can you give up in order to give you more time on your manuscript?

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4. Celebrate!

Once you are done with your edit. Celebrate! Once I finish mine, I will be sending them off to my Beta Readers, but not only that… I will also do a The Mason of Hearts themed art piece. I am also thinking of some other ways to celebrate.

 Have any cool ideas on how I could celebrate?

Write your ideas in the comments below. I would love to know what you think I should do to celebrate.

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