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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.
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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