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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Revision is my middle name. My only name. My...ack! Do I even have a name?

So as I mentioned last week, revisions for Brimstone Soup/A Light That Never Goes Out/To Be Determined are underway.

To not freak myself out too much, I divided it up into Phases:

Phase I: Small changes, start to finish (editor cuts, etc.)
Phase II: Attack medium changes I was too chicken to tackle in Phase I
Phase III: Read through every single sentence and cut out unnecessary, wordy boring stuff in preparation for...
Phase IV: All the scary, hairy, overarching humongous stuff.

Maybe I'm being a little melodramatic.

For Phase IV, I am taking a page from Darcy Pattison's book, Novel Metamorphosis, in which she describes the Shrunken Manuscript technique. So I have 25-ish pages of teeny tiny novel words, a set of highlighters, and the wonder twin powers between me and my especially wonder-full editor.

So I am melodramatic and lucky. And getting back to work now!

Comic by Natalie Dee.

6 comments:

  1. Everyone I know is in the revision trenches!!! Good luck!!!!!!!

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  2. Here's a tip I heard Laurie Halse Anderson share last night: read your manuscript into your computer and listen to your words! I've always read aloud but never done the listening thing.

    Seems to work okay for Laurie. ;-)

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  3. I cut about four pages from a novel today (all by increments of single words). I started to doubt everything. Then I went back to the beginning and read from page one. Sometimes we are the only ones who can restore our faith in us.

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  4. I'm getting encouragement here from the best of the best! I feel hugged, tipped, and nudged. Thank you!

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