Revision Tip! Reverse Outlining with Notecards

Verty interesting 😀

Katherine Locke

I’ve been asked a lot recently how I revise, and specifically, what reverse outlining is. I get even more questions when people see my photos of my notecard system.

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What Is A Reverse Outline?

Whenever I sit down to revise a manuscript, the first thing I do is do a reverse outline. This means I’m writing down what actually exists on the page, versus what my outline said or what I thought would happen or what should happen. I frequently write more than one point of view so I use different colored index cards for different POVs. I write down the chapter number, the POV character’s name, and what happens and/or the emotional arc I need to have happen. On the back, I write “Edits” at the top with a list of things I KNOW I need to fix if I happen to know that. If I don’t, then…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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