Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Revision Class

Sorry in advance, but this post is going to be full of links. It's link soup goodness!

Several years ago, I joined an online writer's group called Forward Motion. (It's free.) It was founded by Holly Lisle (this is a link to her Amazon book list, not her website...yet). The idea is that published authors "pay back" by helping out budding authors. Holly left Forward Motion just about the time I joined, to devote more time and energy to her writing, so I don't know her, even in the internet sense of the word when you "internet know" someone.

(As a side note, I took the 2 Year Novel Class at Forward Motion, more later if anyone is interested, and used that to write my first draft of Troll Wife. I loved that class.)

Holly also has a website. And she has lots of good articles on her website. I have a link to her "one pass revision" article up in my side bar. I joined her email list a few months ago, and yesterday I read that she's offering a 21 week How To Revise Your Novel class. This class is not free. It costs $49.95 a month. It's a subscription, so you can quit any time along the way.

I'm seriously thinking about taking it. Yes, it would mean that my hoped for end date for revisions would get pushed back, but if it makes my book stronger, it would be worth it. My big issues/fears are:
1. I've never had a class from Holly, so I don't know what it will be like. On the other hand, I do like her One Pass Revision Article, so chances are pretty good that I would like the class.
2. Am I just putting off the date for starting my agent search?
3. The cost. Ouch! I don't think I can afford it, though I always manage to find room in my budget if I want something enough.

I'm afraid the second one is the biggest one, because how can I tell? If I'm making a strong story, that's good. If I'm just avoiding the next phase (querying) that's very bad.

Anyway, I thought I'd share the info, in case anyone needs help with revisions and wants to take a look at the class outline.

1 comment:

  1. Cool. I totally can't afford it since I can't actually afford to stay home with our kids but I saved this post for a possible later date...
    I'm with you on querying. I've written, looked over, re-written and re-written and I really just need to get my crap together and query. The hard thing is that I don't want to burn any bridges with agents because I didn't send them my best. It's just hard.
    I'm excited to hear about your class if you decide to take it!


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