Quick Thoughts About Long Revisons
Claire Morgane Almost Saves The World since August. I finished the main part of the revision on last week and am now looping back through chapters to play with words. I need to read aloud and integrate reader feedback from the whole book. But seriously? All that is play compared to the work just completed.
I can tell when I'm writing a serious revision because I keep hitting that point where I'm sure there's no way, ever, that I'm going to be able to pull off what I'm attempting. And yet, I keep going. And when it doesn't work that first time, I loop back and make it better. And when that version doesn't quite work, I loop back and make it better. And when that version is almost there, but not quite? Yeah. I loop back and make it better.
I've written easier stories, but I'd rather write the difficult stories and make them look easy.
Over the course of this revision, I've written a few posts on my process:
The Craft of Writing: Revision (December 14, 2011)
Raising The Stakes (September 21, 2011)
Approaching A Big Revision (August 24, 2011)
Leading up to this revision, I wrote these two:
When I Say I #amwriting. . . (July 27, 2011)
Tools For The Writing Process (June 1, 2011)
I also read this post by Mary Kohl, which I found incredibly validating: Big Revision.