Revision: Days 11 and 12

May 8, 2011 at 10:05 am (Anatomy of a revision)

Day 11: Finished Chapter 2 in two sessions. Now, with more explody! I mean, how did I not see how much of a serious flaw this was with the earlier draft? We didn’t get any decent explody till chapter four — and it wasn’t even that good compared to chapter seven! More explody.

Okay, technically there aren’t explosions. But they’re just as good.

Day 12: Half of Chapter 3 down. It helps that I wrote a scene in this particular city before — and then scrapped it — so my mental geography of it is relatively complete. Certain descriptions remain relevant, and those create new stages to play on.

And again, since this is composed from scratch (or more so than Chapter 4 will be, since I’ll be just making the changes I scrawled down), it’s going to need extra attention in the next go-round. But it now fits into the overall new structure, and I think it’s a better way to see this character. He’s not making any smarter decisions — it’ll be a while for that to kick in — but they’re catching up to him now, and he’s having to face the trouble he causes.

Well, some of that trouble, anyway. The rest will hit him in a few more chapters.

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