Where to begin?
Maybe I can start with this. Angela at The Bookshelf Muse is putting in a lot of time an energy to work with me. And we're not strolling through a shady glen, we're running the Boston Marathon.
She has: done a complete line edit of my novel, written up complete notes about each character (their arcs and motives and inter-relationships etc.) written up complete notes on the elements of my novel (opening, dialogue, setting, voice and POV, style, plot, showing/telling, pacing/emotion, conflict, logic, echos, and resolution), written up notes on HOW to approach the actual revision process, PLUS, been available for chats and has answered all my questions.
All of this on top of everything else she does, like keeping up with her and Becca's fabulous blog, and being a wife and mother. I am totally in awe! (I think she's Wonder Woman in disguise.)
Anyway, it's getting down to the nitty-gritty for me. I have pages and pages (literally) of hand written notes, plus all the computer generated ones, which I am now beginning to organize into some kind of cohesive manner by thoroughly outlining my novel. As I outline each chapter I am inserting the notes where they need to go, so that when I get to the true business of rewriting, it will all pretty much be there in front of me, a road-map.
Here's a picture of my revision work space.
Yes, that's an ironing board. I use those pillows to prop up my back so I can sit cross-legged on the couch and have the ironing board pulled up close.
You can see all the different stacks of paper, the highlighters, the colored pens.
I'm doing this all by hand because I can "see" it better. And I write it all out with my favorite, a Clicker mechanical pencil, because I make mistakes and need to erase things all the time.
This is a real undertaking for me. Something new. I've had many moments where I thought I wouldn't be able to handle it, but now that I've got six chapters outlined with all the notes inserted I'm feeling a bit more confident. PARTICULARLY since I found a small but glaring time-line flaw that neither of us caught! (She pats herself on the back and looks smug.)
Be warned, I may soon be disappearing from the blog scene entirely for an indefinite period of time.
And if you haven't been, get thee hence to The Bookshelf Muse, right now, immediately. You will not soon come across another blog more loaded with practical writerly help.