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Finally starting to feel the antibiotics working. Thank you modern medicine!
But I decided today, I’m going to be a ghost town.
I’m going to stay in my pjs all day. I’m not going on FB or Twitter. I’m going to check email, write my blog, and revise my novel. What I consider the bare minimum.
Play with the dog.
I’m not going to invite anyone over or attract any attention. Just going to hole up here in my kour cave.
Unplugging from the frenzied world and be my own little ghost town.
I’ve hit a new record. Killed a red pen on one chapter of my work in progress. Chapter 19 turned out to be the worst chapter. To date.
Here’s a sample of the notes I wrote to myself:
- Shorter scenes, get in and get out. FAST
- Don’t over-explain things
- Don’t overanalyze and bore the reader
- Rework this
- Scene breaks?!
- Dullsville. I’m bored.
- Speed up the pacing–it’s Amish-like.
- Then there are the crossouts and dozens of rewritten sentences.
- Eek. This is a bad chapter. I get why everything is on the page. But the page was not where it needed to be.
- Sometimes I was working out the motivation and the character’s inner world. Not the place for that exercise. Mental note: Scratch paper has its uses.
- And then I did the dreaded can’t get out of this scene so I’ll keep writing and then bridge right into the next scene move.
- If my head didn’t throb so much, I’d smack it on my desk.
Just have to share this song…I’ve been revising to it…
When you write “The End” it really is the beginning of the next phase with the manuscript. You aren’t saying goodbye. You’re saying hello to 3-4 months of revising.
And as I wrote “The End” I knew the first 5 chapters would need major revisions. Because the story went in a different direction than I originally pictured. Shit.
I also had agent, editor, and contest feedback on the first 50-80 pages that I now had to incorporate.
I didn’t want to change anything until I knew where the story ended up.
Today had been rough going. Because I had to change a few things, which lead to 1000 new words being drafted. And rearranging of scenes. And earlier revelations of stuff.
I think it’s coming along, but I dreaded it this morning. When I sat down, knowing I had to add a couple new scenes. I cringed. Revising I like, redrafting is more of a challenge. Because new words take so many rounds to revise.
But they were needed. So I’ll probably spend the rest of this week on this chapter. Which has now become two chapters. But I think it’s necessary. I think it helps the story. Lord I hope so.
It’s amazing how a few tweaks can ripple and require new scenes.
Gotta admit, writing is pretty cool. One of the few things where you get to the end and can fix the beginning.
I hate hate HATE writing setting. I can imagine the scene unfolding in my head. See all the background and the details.
But they always feel like background. Window dressing.
Never the meat and potato of the scene.
And while revising, I’ve giggled at myself. Because I saw the entire scene in my head. Envisioned all the details of the blue sky with shredded cotton scattered across it. Of my protagonist in her seafoam chiffon dress.
And none of that was written down. Because I was focused on capturing the dialogue. the emotion. the moment.
And as usual, setting took a backseat with me.
Thank God for editing and revising. For beta readers. For the opportunity to paint in the setting to bring the scene to life.
Mind you, dialogue used to be the bane of my existence. But after months of practice. Dialogue is my new bff.
Ah setting, you remain my one true nemesis.