Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise

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After eight years teaching the Novel Revision retreat across the nation, I’m pleased to announce that the workbook developed for that retreat is now available!

Here’s the full details of the book.

Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise

Novel Metamorphosis

  • Foreword by Kirby Larson
  • ISBN: 978-0-9798621-0-6
  • Pub. Date: April 2, 2008
  • Retail Price: $18.00
  • Pages: 124
  • Trim Size: 7.5 x 9.25
  • Backmatter: Appendix, Index
  • Mims House, publisher

Congratulations! You’ve finished a novel.

What an accomplishment! Now what?
Now, you need a passionate, 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 diagnosis your manuscript
  • Visually manipulate your manuscript to diagnose 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
  • Bring to life 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.

Revision Tools

Unlike most books on revision, Novel Metamorphosis 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

Darcy Pattison

In 1999, writer and writing teacher Darcy Pattison created the Novel Revision Retreat to meet the needs of struggling novelists. Since then, her passionate teaching has touched writers nationwide as she encouraged them, “I believe in your story.”

Her books include Nineteen Girls and Me, Searching for Oliver K. Woodman, The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman, The Wayfinder and The River Dragon. Her books have been recognized for excellence by starred reviews in Kirkus and BCCB, Child magazine Best Books of the Year 2003, Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year 2003. She is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature.

Teacher Resource Book

Also available: Paper Lightning: Prewriting Activities to Spark Creativity and Help Students Write Effectively.paperlightningsmall.jpg

You’ll see more about this one soon, too.

3 Comments
  • mrspilkington
    January 26, 2008

    Huzzah — this is wonderful news!

  • Rebecca Talley
    January 26, 2008

    Wow–great idea. I can’t wait to get it.

  • Stephanie
    April 2, 2008

    I got mine. Thank you!