I have been revising my novel using Janice Hardy's At-Home Workshop to Revise Your Novel in 31 Days.
The first step is the editorial map and I recently completed mine. I'm not sure why it took me so long to finish... probably because I was scared, and... well... I should have been. So, what did I learn from the experience? Good question.
1. I think I have a good basic story structure. After reviewing the 3-act structure and comparing it to my editorial map, I think my story fits well in the structure(I am never sure when it comes to writing).
2. My story has a lot of problems. My characters keep doing things they would (should) never do. For example, why would a paranoid conspiracy theorist broadcast a cold call about a top secret mission to his whole radio audience? The answer: he wouldn't. Unless it was accidental, like if someone was bugging him.... hmmm.
3. I need more conflict. A lot of events happen too easily. I once read that you should do the worst to your characters. I think I need to go through each scene and add more problems, more hoorible things. My characters need to suffer more(that sounds bad, huh?).
4. I do really like to handwrite. I always start my projects by handwriting and I type everything later, even when I'm editing.
5. I have some research to do: pirate radio, military stuff, sound vibrations, and a ton of other topics.
6. I figured out the daughter's name! Somewhere in my writing I forgot her name and started calling her "the daughter." Now I know her name is Susie and I am not sure that I like it.
Now to begin the next step. Wish me luck!