Plotting the Plot: Revising the Draft
Now that you’ve finished drafting your initial plot, it’s time to take it apart again. It may sound like you’re going backward in the plotting process but revising your plot is actually necessary to finalizing it. This is the stage where you look at your writing in a whole new perspective. Take note that this isn’t the Editing Stage just yet, you’re not looking for technical errors, the spelling and punctuation can be checked later. Revision means to simply take a second look at your writing to find out which parts of the plot need to be improved and changed.
Here are some key points to revise:
- The consistency of Tone and Style.
Do you maintain the same tone throughout the plot? Perhaps you started off with a more humorous approach to the story then suddenly started sounding monotonous halfway through. This normally happens when you write in various moods. For example, you may have written a part of the plot when you were mentally exhausted and that reflected on the tone of the story. This is why it’s necessary to reread your draft because that’s the only time you can pinpoint mistakes on the storyline.
- Scene Sequence.
Are your scenes arranged in a logical order? And if so, did you use clear transitions? This is the best time to double-check whether you’ve correctly organized your scenes. Sometimes the transition from one scene to the next doesn’t make sense or the whole sequence itself doesn’t seem right at all. Remember, that in this part of the plotting process, you are free to cut out some parts and even rewrite a whole section.
- Awkward Wordings.
Are you using the appropriate descriptions? It’s possible that in some instances it slips your mind that you’re writing for a certain demographic and perhaps you may be elaborating too much on the content. Also, perhaps you’ve written paragraphs that make no sense or have no relevant contribution to the story. This is the perfect time to cut them out of the plot or rewrite them.
- Confusing Chapters.
Do all your chapters make sense? Perhaps you’ve written a part of the story that has way too many complications. When a scene has so many things going on, it can confuse the reader to the point that they no longer follow what’s going on. Break down complicated parts of each chapter with more specific. Dodge in advance the possible questions readers will have like “How did this happen?” or “Why did it come to this point?”
Keep in mind that when you’re plotting, you’re not exactly writing the final structure of the story. You have to keep rewriting it until you get to the version you’re most satisfied with. The Revision process can take as long as necessary, you can revise 3-5 times before submitting your final draft.