Revise Your Novel in One Month with PlotWriMo


Congratulations on completing the draft of your novel! That messy hunk of love is ready for polishing. Literary agent Jill Corcoran and Plot Whisperer goddess Martha Alderson have joined forces to help you maintain the swift progress of NaNoWriMo as you edit, revise and sweat your way to a book you can be proud of!

Want to know how to get started? Jill and Martha offer two video series with more in production

1. PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month

8 videos, 5.5 hours + 3- hands-on exercises

Congratulations! You have written a draft of a novel. You’ve accomplished what many writers merely talk about and dream of doing – you have written an entire story from beginning to end.

When you finish celebrating, it is time to revise: to re-envision and rewrite what you’ve written into a novel that agents, editors and readers will devour. Writing a great plot involves craft and skill and know-how. Before you undertake a major rewrite, first consider your story from all angles with the help of step-by-step instruction and daily exercises. You know you’re ready to rewrite when you’ve checked all the essentials elements for creating an exciting story with compelling characters and a meaningful plot.

2. How to Write and Sell a Picture Book with a Plot

7 videos explain how to plot, write and sell picture books + provide exercises how to immediately integrate the concepts into your own unique story. Learn about all the different kinds of picture books, examples of character-driven and action-driven picture books, how to develop winning picture book concepts, what are the major turning points in every great picture book with a plot, writing, voice, character goals and motivation, how to revise, testing your theme and take-away, who to submit to and so much more…

Here’s How the Video Series Work

Each video includes an in-depth look at the specific elements promised and how to consider these essential story principles as you write, revise, rewrite, sell your story. Writing assignment(s) guide you with step-by-step instruction. Whether you decide to watch all the videos in a row and then go back and do the exercises or jump right in to the 1st video’s exercise, work at your own pace and take more or less time on the step-by-step exercises. The series are designed to fit into even the busiest of schedules. Sign-in and watch video lectures, complete homework assignments, and ask questions in a public forum on a timetable that fits your needs.

Reviews of the series

“The amount of time, heartache, frustration, and hell that these videos are saving me from is immeasurable.”

“Don’t wait until you have a first draft to get the video series. If you have an inkling of a concept, get the video series. The videos will show you how to define your energetic markers. You’ll learn the difference between crisis and climax. The 8 videos constitute a ‘top to toe’ writing course.

Jill Corcoran & Martha Alderson, thank you for giving me the opportunity to call myself a writer with pride.” Dolly D Napal

“I have been writing, writing, writing, and reading about writing, but I knew I was still missing the mark. How I write and rewrite books will be forever changed for the better. ” Wendy McLeon MacKnight

“I felt overwhelmed with my latest revision. I feel like a weight has been lifted and I’m just on day one.”

Your wrote your first draft. Now revise your story from every angle.

Jill Corcoran is the founder of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency and co-founder of A Path A Publishing

Martha Alderson, author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master, is known as “The Plot Whisperer” for the help she offers writers worldwide. She is the founder of PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month and the award-winning blog The Plot Whisperer



Filed under Best Writer Tips, Fiction Novel Writing, Guest posts, Your highest potential

12 responses to “Revise Your Novel in One Month with PlotWriMo

  1. Robyn Campbell

    Learning how to find the energetic markers are one of the best things about the videos. A weight has been lifted off of me too. Great post!

    • I am so excited to revise the book I just completed for NaNoWriMo in November! I love my story, but it is definitely in need of polishing–the speed-writing required of producing 50,000 words in one month meant forgoing revision. I look forward to applying these plot revision techniques. Thanks for reading my blog–best of luck with your writing!

  2. Thank you so much for contributing to the tour, Rebecca! Congratulations on completing NaNoWriMo. Quite an accomplishment. Best of luck with your revision. (love being called a goddess!)

    • NaNoWriMo was one of the best writing experiences of my life. I know now how to stop self-censoring, and move forward with a fast pace in a first draft. Now it’s time to dial into your revision craft to polish it, Ms. Goddess! 🙂

  3. Looking forward to revising my middle grade novel after I finish the picture book series.

  4. gayleckrause

    Energetic Markers are the best! Working on my revision now. Thanks for the post.

  5. I found the PloWriMo video series about halfway through my first draft and WOW did it help with strategizing and pre-plotting the back half. I know where I’m going now — and have found a great FB group of peeps to cheer me on. Great post! And congrats on NaNoWriMo.

  6. Excited to one day read the “messy hunk of love” (such an apt description for our first drafts filled with such hope and vision only to find what a “mess” they actually are) that you’ve polish with just as much love and… perhaps with the help of PlotWriMo: Revise Your Novel in a Month a bit of learned wisdom, too. Thanks again, Rebecca, for taking part. See you at the next stop on the tour and on the A Path to Publishing Facebook Group! (If any of you haven’t already, go here to be invited into the coolest and most generous community of writers ever!

    • Thanks and hugs to Martha and Jill! I always thought “story” was enough. The truth is that readers need structure to understand story. (Ever started a great tale, only to suddenly stop understanding what’s going on? That’s structure.) Fear of crafting wimpy middle sections, or being at a loss for resolving the climax–and even writer’s block–go away when a solid, clear plan for structure exists. It makes the writer’s work easier, and brings the information to the reader in a way that makes sense and is pleasurable.

  7. First of all, CONGRATS on your NaNoWriMo first draft. That is a huge accomplishment! I am so glad you will be revising with Martha and me.
    Thanks for the fab post, and love your blog!

  8. Like a lot of picture book writers, I have a ton of ideas and even some finished drafts, but I’ll have to look into professional editing and help like this series could provide.

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