Yet another quickie update. I am happy to say that I have finished adding all the major scenes needed, as well as re-working all the important scenes that needed re-working. I am also most of the way through an on-screen re-read. Tomorrow, I am hoping to print out the entire manuscript so I can read it via hard copy, which always helps me to catch typos that I haven’t caught electronically. I think I may need to add a few lines here and there, and maybe one or two more short scenes, but other than that…this puppy is just about done! I may also need to find some fat to trim, since the manuscript is now at right around 92k instead of the 82-83k it was at earlier…Oops.
Ah well, I do feel that it is tons stronger than it was before! And really, isn’t that the important thing? =)
Longish snippet from loverly romantical scene I added…
Or so I hope. Tomorrow, if not tonight, but I am aiming for tonight! Son is spending the night at Maw Maw and Paw Paw’s, husband is at home playing Age of Conan, and I am settled in at Panera. I have a big cup of water and a chocolate chip cookie if I get hungry. Music blaring on my headphones and fellow writers logged in with me at Forward Motion’s chat. Time to get some serious editing on!
Got another pesky scene edited last night. Actually, I got work done on a few existing scenes. Also got my fingernails and toenails painted “Kiss Me Coral.” All in all, a fairly productive night. Now, if I could just defeat the nasty headache that keeps coming and going and threatening to turn into a migraine. Oh, and get some extra sleep! My plan is to finish up the edits this weekend. Hopefully, this won’t be too difficult to pull off, especially since my mother is taking my toddler for the weekend.
Wow…I totally kicked the snot out of the scene that’s been kicking MY ass the past two days. HA! Take that, stupid scene! Hee. And then I re-worked 2 out of the 3 scenes requiring re-working, and have set things up nicely for the re-working of the final fight scene. But first I’m planning to write the remaining new scenes that need to be added. And then find some stuff to cut, cause I don’t want to go TOO far over 85k…90 tops.
Current count for Red Hot Fury:
And now, suppose I should get SOME sleep tonight!!!
…because I do not want to fall out of the habit of regular posting! Or at least semi-regular posting…At any rate, I am kicking butt on the revisions. I devoted about 8-10 hours on Sunday to revisions, and poked at them some Monday and Tuesday night. Not much last night, admittedly. I think that spending so many hours on Sunday not to mention working all day Monday and Tuesday, and the migraine I’ve been fighting off for the past week, got to me, so last night I didn’t really accomplish much writing-wise. But I did open the revisions file and try! =)
I’d say I’m about 1/2-2/3 of the way through the revisions, depending on how many new scenes I end up adding. There are three important scenes that I need to majorly re-work, one of which is a fight scene that’s being down-graded to a non fight scene. Then the major fight scene related thing in that scene is moving to one of the other scenes I mentioned, and the third scene requiring a major re-working is the concluding fight scene at the end. And what is moving from the soon-to-NOT-be a fight scene to the other fight scene (have I confused you all thoroughly yet? Hee!) is vital foreshadowing required for THAT ending fight scene, so pretty important in the grand scheme of things. Ginger had recommended that I cut out at least one fight scene, so this is my attempt to succeed at that request without losing anything vital to the plot.
Of course, once I finish with all the new scenes and existing scene re-workings, I am hoping to be able to read through and find another fight scene to cut out, so as to exceed her minimum expectation, but we’ll see. Not making any promises! 😉
And I’d just like to take a moment to thank all the people on my flist who use lj cuts when posting a ton of pictures. I GREATLY APPRECIATE YOU!!! Seriously. I don’t mind 1 or 2 pics without a cut, maybe even 3…but when ppl post like 10-20 pics without a cut it makes me twitch!!!
Okay…off to lunch now! Hoping to do some more revising tonight, but depends on the trying-to-turn-into-a-full-blown-migraine headache that I have going on…
The revisions are actually going swimmingly. I am now up to page 230ish out of 272 hard copy pages and am zooming along toward the ending. I’ve made a ton of notes as I’ve gone along, along with a few prose tweaks, and I am excited to get to the point where I can start implementing the actual edits. I need to add a few new scenes and re-work several existing scenes, but I wanted to wait until I had done a full re-read of the manuscript since it’s been three months since I’ve read the entire thing.
Hee…I actually turned to my husband this morning and said, “Is it a bad thing that I’m reading this and thinking, ‘It’s even better than I remembered?’ to myself?” Of course I qualified that I saw all the places where it could be improved, but I definitely believe this is the absolute best book I’ve written so far. Now, here’s hoping we can sell it once the revisions are finished!
Planning to spend some time at Panera this weekend in order to get through most if not all of the revisions. Woot!
So I have my trusty, snazzy revisions folder all set up, complete with expandable pocket to hold the hard-copy manuscript, notebook for writing notes and new scenes, and assorted colored pens, highlighters, and post-it notes ready to go. I started making notes on ideas for implementing Ginger’s revision suggestions, and also started my first read-through of the ms since I set it aside almost three months ago. Happily, I do not hate it or think it sucks. I see room for improvement, of course, but I’m glad I don’t hate it after spending so much time working on it before! =)
Revision Rambling, for those interested in my particular process…