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Novel Metamorphosis - Uncommon Ways to Revise
Darcy Pattison
Paperback / softback
Mims House
UK Publication Date

Congratulations! You've finished a novel.

What an accomplishment! Now what?
Now, you need a innovative, in-depth guide to revision.

Why Revise?

Before revision: Nice Story
After revision: Richer, deeper-the novel of your dreams.

Novice or Seasoned: For aspiring novelists, mid-list novelists who want to break out, novelists who want to self-publish-successfully, writers who have completed NaNoWriMo but don't know what to do next, and writing critique groups looking for a way to help each other to the next level.

Revising has never been easier

  • Systematically inventory and diagnose your manuscript
  • Visually manipulate your manuscript to identify problems
  • Transform dull characters into fascinating, memorable people
  • Strengthen the narrative and emotional arcs
  • Sharpen dialogue
  • Morph dull settings into backdrops that set the mood
  • Enliven narrated events by selecting the right details
  • Use language with confidence
  • Add depth with narrative patterning In-depth professional development
  • Plan your novel's metamorphosis

The Results
A stronger, richer, deeper story, a story that makes readers weep and cry and turn the next page.Novel Metamorphosis, unlike most books on revision, turns theory into radical new tools which are practical, tangible, concrete.

  • Cut straight to the heart of your manuscript's problem
  • Develop your writing and editing skills
  • Understand the critical underlying structure of your story
  • Learn theory as you work
  • Spark in-depth discussions in your critique group

In 1999, Darcy created the highly acclaimed Novel Revision Retreat and has since taught it across the United States; alumni of that retreat include Kirby Larson with Hattie Big Sky and Caroline Starr Rose with May B. With this workbook from the retreat, you can accomplish the same things in yourown home.

Get started now turning your first draft into a masterpiece!

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Published in nine languages, children's book author and writing teacher DARCY PATTISON has been published with Harcourt, Philomel/Penguin, Harpercollins, Arbordale, and Mims House. Her books received recognition for excellence with starred reviews in Kirkus, BCCB and PW. Twice her books have been honored as National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Science Trade books. The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt) received an Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature Honor Book award, was named a Notable Book in Language Arts, and has been reprinted in a Houghton Mifflin textbook.

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