Hey all! I know I would usually do a food review today, but I haven’t really been anywhere. I could gush about Dad’s cooking for a while if you wanted, but I don’t know if you want me to, so I won’t. I do plan on going somewhere this week, so hopefully I’ll have something delicious for you next Wednesday. Anyway, what shall we talk about today? How about another discussion about revision? Namely, my revision process (which is being quite evil this go around).
So, I don’t recall if I’ve shared this, but I’ve recently started revising G&G (see a description here). My problem is that I’ve never really revised anything on this large of a scale. I only ever wrote short stories before. Needless to say, my usual approach to revision failed me miserably. Normally, I do a read-through then another read-through/dive right into revising. I did my read-through (of course I hated it again), then I hit a wall.
I tried to work my way through it, but when I hit the third day of staring at the screen with my eye twitching, I decided something had to give. I went and I added an extra step (a read-through with notes), which I finished Monday. It actually went pretty well. I feel much better about going in and skinning my baby alive then fattening her up and making her all pretty again.
Part of me wonders if maybe I was simply suffering from some random bout of angst or something. I normally don’t have any major attachment to my writing (don’t judge me), but maybe after nursing this thing for two or more years, I was feeling a little clingy. However, when you write yourself a note that says “Is it necessary or was it simply to meet word count?,” it becomes a lot easier to take a knife to that section. Ah well. At least I feel much more confident about getting into the big changes now.
I guess what I’m trying to say is be open to tweaking your routine. A lot of people call me OCD because I like to do things certain ways, but at the same time, if something isn’t working, I’m willing to change it. Writers need to be flexible when it comes to these things. After all, we all know the definition of insanity.
Anyway, enough about me! Let’s hear about you. What’s your revision process? Do you just jump right in? Maybe you make notecards or charts or something. Do you print your manuscript and lay it out everywhere? What kind of revision magic do you work?
Until next week!
2 thoughts on “More Revision? Ugh…”
It’s always hard to kill your darlings! A necessary evil, though. My revision process consists of doing another read through while making comments for possible changes in the margins (digitally, often with MS Word). Then I’ll go through it again and deal with each problem I flagged. It’s pretty much the same as your process, though I’ve never tried doing this with a novel. Good luck!
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I’ll let you know how it goes!
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