Lesson 17 DONE. Those of you who are doing How To Revise Your Novel know what this means. Months and months and months of hard work revising your first novel, the novel you wrote backasswards. This is the novel you picked through, struggled with, discussed with your family and fretted over for hours, days, forever. The beast is revised now. All that remains is style check, continuity, and my personal favorite – punctuation and spelling. Yes, there is still a lot to do. But, the story itself is written. I won’t say more tonight, I’m just too tired. I feel good about coming in only five days over my deadline. Deadlines do work. Thanks to my husband, Rick, my military advisor and biggest fan, to Lynette for setting my timeframe, and to Texanne for compassionate advice.