Once National Novel Writing Month, aka November, is over, what do you do with those 50,000+ words you worked so hard to drop onto the page? How do you go about revising your NaNoWriMo manuscript, which, depending on your experience and approach, may be an extremely raw draft?
Recently, the owners of our favorite editing tool AutoCrit invited Ally to be their guest on Ask the Editor – the series where they “catch up with professional book editors and pick their brains for top advice that can make your life in publishing a whole lot easier.”
Since Ally is a big supporter of the annual NaNoWriMo initiative, which AutoCrit sponsored this past year (check out their joint webinar hosted by NaNoWriMo executive director Grant Faulkner), that seemed the perfect place to start.
In this info-packed interview, Ally gives a brief walkthrough of her experiences as a “winning” writer with NaNoWriMo and her path as a professional book editor. She also discusses why she thinks revising your NaNoWriMo manuscript draft is an important next step in honoring your “win” at NaNo, why good editing is crucial, some common issues that tend to appear in NaNoWriMo drafts, and some top tips for writers who are about to begin a revision process.
[Here are Ally’s Top 5 Reasons to Try NaNoWriMo.]
If you enjoy the interview, be sure to leave a comment on the AutoCrit blog. And don’t forget to join our mailing list for more great tips on writing, editing, publishing, and selling your book.