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Trying new things

October 16, 2009

Done today: More of Chapter 2

Revision remaining: 162 pages

Daily pages needed to be finished by end of November: 3.6

I had a mini break-through this morning when I was working on my revision.

Yesterday, I had started editing chapter two, but got stuck on one paragraph that I liked but knew it didn’t fit where it was. I questioned whether I should keep the paragraph or take it out.

This morning, however, I looked at the scene a different way and realized the paragraph wasn’t the problem. The beginning of the chapter led up to the action, then I broke and skipped in time to right after the action. Because of that, I was skirting over the main action and excitement, denying it to the reader.

So, this morning, I wrote out a new middle section for the scene, detailing all the action that I had skimmed, and that paragraph I had been questioning before fit perfectly in the new parts.

Revisions are for trying new things and spending time thinking about how to really tell the story in the best way possible.

What are you trying today?

Write On!

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2 comments

  1. This is the exact same stuff I’ve been dealing with for a week or so. A chunk of scenes in the middle seemed like too much all at once. I thought I would need to get rid of it, but once I re-imagined it in a different order, spread out in a new way, everything made perfect sense. I didn’t have to delete nearly as much as I thought I would, just rearranged and changed the stuff to fit. It was difficult, but much better than it originally was. Ah, revision. 🙂 Good luck with yours!


  2. That’s awesome, Owlandsparrow. Well done. It really helps to have a different perspective.



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