I'm here, it's whispering. Time to get cracking.
It needs a revision. A medium- to medium-large revision, depending on if I look at it in a glass-half-full or half-empty sort of way. I sliced some sections away already. I have in mind what needs rewriting (or so say the notes scribbled illegibly in the margins of my hard copy). I know what the new chapters I need to write will be about.
Sort of. *shutters*
It's a scary process. Tearing down, rebuilding scenes and chapters, creating a whole new book sometimes. I look forward to working with characters that are pretty cool kids and getting back into a story I love. Can I make this story better by breaking it apart, then reconstructing it? There's thousands of words, conveying ideas, themes, motivations that need to be rearranged in another, more coherent manner. How can I keep this information organized enough that I can put the puzzle back together?
|Ummm...this is supposed to help me revise how exactly?|
The creating/revising process has always fascinated me. I love, love, love to hear how other writers tackle it. For me, it's still a learning process. It's comforting to know that someone as wildly-successful as Bruce Coville is still experimenting.
What's your method? What system for revising have you used that didn't work out?