#12: Rediscovering Your Story’s Heart

It sounds like going scene by scene and character by character has been helpful for you to this point, but it's not what you need right now. You need to see the novel as a novel, to grasp it in its entirety and understand not just the individual parts but how they all work together. You need to turn off your engineering brain and get the book's gestalt. And how you do that is: you read the book.

#1: Reviser’s Block

Even if you didn't have a billion story ideas, I suspect you would still struggle with revisions. It's easy to think of the writing as taking you away from the revising, but don't get too caught up in that love triangle. The relationship between you and revising, between you and the work you've already created—work that you know needs more work—is what's at the heart of this.