The Revision Process
Starts with the pitch.
As a novel unfolds, the writer has an advantage over the reader.
In other words, the “Louise” view (æ la Arrival). She gets to see the tapestry of events throughout life.
As I prepare to pitch agents sometime in 2017, I’m considering the pitch and query and back cover copy and synopsis, I’m equally making a revision plan after a two-month beta reading session.
I’ve paged through Shawn Coyne’s ‘The Story Grid’, which has helped hone the internal and external content genre of my novel.
External content genre: mystery (specifically, what Coyne terms a Cozy, since the protagonist is an amateur sleuth with special insight or abilities to solve the mystery.)
In his terminology, from an external content standpoint I’ve also written a domestic story, as there are family politics to maneuver.
On the internal side, my protagonist moved through a maturation process (not quite a coming of age), which places the story in the Worldview vertical for internal.
Much more to think through before completing my own story grid ahead of the next revision process.