Last Sunday’s article covered some initial steps in preparation for your revision. Now we’re going to talk about what you should be looking out for in the plot.
Before we do, one thing you must accept before going into any revision:
It’s highly likely YOU WILL HAVE TO REWRITE much of your story.
Get your head around it, because if you can’t and you want to believe your first version to be a Mary Poppins (practically perfect in every way – save for a few errant commas and ironing out some awkwardly phrased sentences) you’ll never see your way forward.
6.) Identify your main plot points.
Once you have written out the main elements of the whole first draft in the spread sheet and identified the emotional arc, you need to address your main plot points. So, you’re looking for:
The first MAJOR turning point: What happens to pull your protag out of his comfort zone? Something is thrust upon them, and they are put on a back footing. (around about the first 25% mark)
The midpoint: The first major breakthrough/change of attitude/hope on the horizon/willingly embarks on the journey/accepts responsibility/ understands the true extent of the villain’s power and what s/h