The day has arrived. You have heard back from your beta readers of your book. They have reported back to you with lots of comments and suggestions. Reading through what they wrote, you realize you need to do more than a few minor corrections. The book is not ready for prime time. They pointed out a number of problems: not staying in point of view, too much telling instead of showing, boring descriptions slow the story down. Confusion between who is saying what or who is doing what and why.
Once you’ve absorbed what they told you — after you throw things at the wall, threaten to never write another word, and consider starting a bonfire with everything you’ve ever written — it’s time to sit down and fix these problems. That’s right, I’m talking about revisions. Yes, something writers don’t like to do, since that means more words need to be cut, scenes rewritten, maybe even the removal of a favorite character. Decisions. Decisions.
You need to go through your book scene by scene, making sure they belong and add to the story. Do they move the story along, or slow things down? Make sure you keep the comments from your readers handy when you’re doing this. Everything you write in your story should advance it, in one way or another. The last thing you want is to lose your reader’s interest through unnecessary descriptions or scenes that don’t go anywhere.