Fine...Do What You Want.

I'm neck-deep in revisions.  And not "add a comma here, cut a word there" revisions.  We're talking major surgery.  And I'm hopeful I will have a (much) stronger story for it.

One of the realizations I had the other day when I was this close to the brink of despair about the whole thing was that in writing a first draft, I constantly ask myself the question, "What needs to happen next?  What does MC need to do now?  How should I get them to the next scene?"  But now, the question has changed.  I find myself asking, "What would ____ actually do in this situation?"

So far, I've been happy with the answers to that question.  The answers have surprised me at times, made me laugh...or gasp, changed a big chunk of the plot.  One thing's for sure.  Revision isn't for the faint of heart.


Also also also Beth Revis is hosting a Mockingjay giveaway.  Le sigh.

10 comments:

  1. Revision IS NOT for the feint of heart, you are right. Actually, no aspect of the pursuit is for the feint of heart. I'm glad you had a breakthrough!

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  2. I agree. Revision is not for the faint of heart.
    I too am neck deep in major book surgery. Oh the joys!
    All the best to you.

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  3. It's sounds really exciting - and scary! I'm finally writing - for real - for the first time (after years of desk drawer-writing), but I'm still far,far away from the stage you're at. Good luck!

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  4. Oh, I sympathize. I did that this summer and yeah, not for the the faint of heart at all. Good luck with it!

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  5. I know exactly what you mean--I just did a huge rewrite of my book. It's no time to be parsimonious with the words of your previous draft for sure. It takes great bravery to chop what's not working and rewrite. Go, Karen, go! :-)

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  6. One of my friends once told me revisions reminded her of pulling a piece of yarn in a sweater and watching it unravel. But don't let it get you down. Think about how much closer you're getting and how much you're learning about craft as you improve your manuscript. Good luck, Karen!

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  7. Karen, I hope you have a critique group or beta readers. I found a really helpful one via one of my blog readers. (his big brothers) I was to the point that I could just get sick, but I knew I loved the concept and his twist on a few words made a huge difference...

    Asking for help is never a bad thing. :)

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  9. Happy revising! I hope it's going well for you and you aren't getting too frustrated!

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  10. I'm splashing away in the muck of revisions myself. Hoping it comes out much cleaner than I feel getting into it right now.
    ~ Wendy

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