Nova Ren Suma is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Walls Around Us and A Room Away from the Wolves, both finalists for an Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
On her Instagram feed recently, Nova posted this advice, which I share here with her kind permission:
When feeling intimidated or overwhelmed about a novel revision, here’s a re-visioning revision technique I just tried out on myself late last night:
Before starting a deep revision, before re-outlining or anything else…
1) Write/revise a new opening paragraph or two.
2) Then, leap all the way to the end and write a brand-new final paragraph, imagining you made all the changes you and your editor (or readers) want, even the ones that feel like a tangled nest of questions at the moment.
It feels like manifesting the future from dust into something tangible. Magic.
Certainly worth trying! Thanks, Nova!
Illustrate, Translate, and Write On,