Revision: Day 21

May 17, 2011 at 10:04 am (Anatomy of a revision)

Halfway through revising Chapter 11 the other day, I realized that the following three chapters were dry as toast. Looking at them again confirms it, and my initial idea of handing them over to another point of view doesn’t help. However, chopping them down into one chapter with one unified point of view should make this less of a dull bit for the reader to skim through and more of a breather from the action.

I get about halfway done with this new Chapter 12 before life intercedes. Bah. And tomorrow isn’t looking good; I’ll have some longhand work time, but little computer time. Maybe a long evening write-with-hot-cocoa session might fix that.

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4 Comments

  1. Karen Mahoney said,

    I should really de-lurk and tell you that I’m enjoying these updates. I just finished a horrible HORRIBLE rewrite, and maybe it would’ve helped me to do something similar. I might try it next time!

    Good luck with getting the revisions finished. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Kaz

    • mlronald said,

      I’m so glad! This is becoming as much a marker for myself of how much I’ve done — and how much I can do, if I throw myself into it — as a series of posts.

      And congratulations on getting through your own rewrite. They really are grueling, aren’t they?

      • Karen Mahoney said,

        You’re doing brilliantly, by the sounds of things! I really feel for you.

        Yeah, it was tough. Mine was due to my editorial letter on Book 2. Great letter, and absolutely spot on… but oh, wow. There were tears. And tantrums. (In private, of course. heh.) Amazing how a seemingly simple suggestion: “Bring the scene between Character A and Character B forward from page 200 to around page 50” creates a virtual rewrite, rather than just a revision.

        (And that was just one point of MANY.)

        Hang in there!

        Kaz

      • mlronald said,

        There’s always that “rage against cruel fate” moment when I get edits or critiques back. It passes, but I think I need that time to stomp around and swear for a while.

        And oh man, it’s never so simple as moving a scene! All the connections in that scene then have to be respun — the plot, the character development, even just reasons for conversation!

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