Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Writer's Wednesday - Revise Revise Revise
I'm drowning. In a nice way I am drowning in the possibilities of my book. With my first draft I wrote and didn't worry about cliches, I didn't worry about sentence flow. I didn't worry about consistency or repetition. All I cared about was getting the story down. I wanted to make sure I got to the satisfying ending (I wasn't sure they were going to make it so need to rush to the end).
In a masochistic way it is quite good fun. Immersing myself in the world I created and looking up after two hours to discover I have revised two paragraphs, cut two hundred words and add three hundred. My non-writing friends think I'm mad.
"It is a beautiful day! Come for a walk!"
"Come for lunch!"
Revising is where the story is really told. It is where you use all your skill to learn what to hold back and what to reveal to keep your readers reading. You might write a scene that explains everything that is going on in the hero and heroine's heads during the first draft but when you revise you pick and choose what needs to be revealed and what doesn't.
One day (very soon) I will have revised my way out the other side and it will be the same story but it will be a better book.
Brigid will be emerging from this round of revisions very very soon.