Monday, August 31, 2009

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off...




And start all over again...



Well, not over again, but certainly from somewhere farther back in the process than I wanted to be.


This week is devoted to some seriously deep edits on a novel. I'm five chapters in, and reworking a storyline, tightening it up, making it stronger. I'm ironing out some inconsistancies or vague parts.


Upon the suggestions of my excellent content editor, I'm digging deeper into the story to pull out better motives for the characters, to justify their actions and reactions.
I'm five chapters in and so far, though the edits have been challenging, I'm sure they will make the story better.
But it's going to take lots of tea and rewriting.

16 comments:

  1. Prayers for you as you work your way through, Erica! Can't wait to see you in two and a half weeks!

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  2. Sounds incredibly hard. I'm trembling at the thought of having to do that someday! I know we all will, and it is probably one of the things that scares me the most!

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  3. Good for you, Erica! Let us know how it all works out. Better to be doing this now, than twenty chapters in. Right?!

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  4. Go, Erica! You can absolutely do this. I have every confidence in your ability to turn out a great book!

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  5. Hi, Erica!

    Rewriting can be difficult, but you can do it! And it will definitely be worth it! I hope you have fun this week!

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  6. I know you'll do great on your editing. You're always so optimistic about writing, no matter what situation you find yourself in. I really appreciate that. Go get yourself a fresh cup of tea and get to work! :)

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  7. I'm with you on the rewrites. (Except without the content editor comments. I'm going off my crit partner reactions.)

    The problem with strengthening a thread here and there is that it runs through the whole book and I keep finding more spots to fix.

    Lots of work now but the finished product will be so much better. At least that's what I keep telling myself.

    Can't wait to meet you in Denver.

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  8. Rewriting is hard work - not always what we want to do, but I'm sure in the end, you'll be thrilled that it WAS hard because the story will be so much better. Blessings as you tunnel your way through.

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  9. Good lUck! I'm sure it's helpful to be making these changes at this point, rather than when the entire book is finished.

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  10. Ditto Georgiana

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  11. Katie, I'm counting the days...literally! :)

    Jody, I can't deny that it's a blow to the old writing ego to have to do such major revamps, and that for two days I walked in the humiliation of it. Then I remembered that my content editor is on my side, she wants to turn out the best manuscript possible, and that my mind had already jumped ahead to ways to 'fix' the story. :)

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  12. Eileen and Jill...the toughest part for me was that I THOUGHT the book WAS finished except for some minor tweaking. Ah, those hopes were born to be dashed. A good lesson for me. :)

    G and CJ, Thanks for the boost to my confidence! :D

    Kristen, thank you for the encouragement. Seven chapters in, I can already see how things are shaping up better for the rewrites.

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  13. Cindy, when I first get edits, whether from a crit partner, content editor, or copy editor, it's hard to be optimistic right off the bat, but I eventually come around to it. :)

    Candee, thanks for joining the blog! Welcome. You're right, if you pull on one plot thread very hard, it usually snags on another one. There's lots to unravel and comb out. :)

    Carla, you're right, rewriting isn't often what we WANT to do. What I WANT to do is hear "This is perfect just the way it is!" :P But, since that isn't likely to happen, I'll keep soldiering on with rewrites. :)

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  14. Oh, Erica. I know I'll be doing this very soon. Good luck.

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  15. Thanks, Heather. I cut 1600 words today and added 1800, probably the biggest scene I needed to rework from the ground up. I'll chip away at it again tomorrow.

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  16. I have devoted this whole moth to re-writing my first MS. I will boil the jug and make that tea pronto :) Good luck.

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