Revision: Day 15

May 11, 2011 at 9:59 am (Anatomy of a revision)

Wrote the new end of Chapter 5. It gets a little too deep into one character’s head, but I’ll fix that when I go through. Right now, it gets her where she needs to be.

Funny how much of this stage of revision is less polishing, more wrangling pieces into place. And yet I’m changing little things as well, especially when a scene works plot- and structure-wise, but the characters’ motivations have changed. This is, in many ways, a large-scale revision, and yet it doesn’t feel so very large; the story is, at heart, still the same.

Chapter 6 will get written tomorrow — or at least a chunk of it will — but for now, I paste in some of the pieces of the sequel that I’d decided fit better in the new Chapter Seven. This way, I’ll have less work to do when I attack that chapter; write a new end and stitch those pieces together.


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