Saturday, October 31, 2009

MORE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Another step in the revision and editing process...

I was introduced to a new blog ROLLING AROUND IN MY HEAD . Dave is using LOTTERY for his bookclub. He has a wonderful blog and I recommend you taking a look.

Revising and editing. Again. And again. AND AGAIN.

WRITER-SELF: Looks good. Just a few more changes like how do I get my character from her small town in Elmtree, Wisconsin where she works in a cafe, to being the chief astronaut and nuclear physicist in Russia...

NORMAL-SELF: The reader will understand. It's done.

WRITER-SELF: That sentence is a little long. Takes up three pages. Maybe I should re-work it?

NORMAL-SELF: Leave it alone. It's done.

WRITER-SELF: The ending feels...I don't know...up in the air...inconclusive. I mean everybody's still alive. I feel like I have to kill somebody...

NORMAL-SELF: No you don't. Murder is against the law plus readers become nasty when an author kills off every endearing character. It's done.

WRITER-SELF: Maybe I should re-structure it? have four sections. Leave out the chapter headings. Change the font.

NORMAL-SELF: Leave it alone. It's done.

WRITER-SELF: You know as I read through it, it's pretty good. I don't think I need to mess with it any more. It's done!

NORMAL-SELF: Have you done spell check? Maybe you should do another spell check. And that's a good idea you had about the font. You could add a couple alien space monkeys to the mix. THAT would add suspense and kick it up a notch...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

THE CATZ THINK U SHUD AD MUR CONFLICT...LAK KIL SUM DOGS...

Suzanne said...

As a dog owner and lover, I hope the catz is just kidding!

Can't wait to read your next book, any idea of when it will come out?

Jen P said...

Do you still start with the talking horse? So curious...

Holly Kennedy said...

Toughest part of writing is the editing. Always.

Keep grinding away, Pat!

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Sarah Laurence said...

Good luck with your edits!

Anonymous said...

Your blog feels like such a deja vu! I always feel that being a writer myself.

By Pen or By Sword said...

Thanks so much for stopping by to comment. Lottery was wonderful!