I have learned so much from my time in the Next Draft Intensive Course with Caroline Donahue. Not only did I learn about the revision process, but I learned so much about how I work around this creative process as well. The biggest takeaway I had from this entire 10-week course was that I have… Continue reading Revision Diaries: What I’m taking away from the 10-week intensive
As I continue to work on this draft of my novel, it's been hard for me to be okay with the pace I'm going. Revision is slower than the first draft. It takes patience and...more patience. This is something I'm not super great at when it comes to myself. I can have all the patience… Continue reading Revision Diaries: The Discomfort of Treats
I'm in the depths of my third read and the spreadsheet that accompanies it. That means I'm taking a very hard look at what is working, what isn't, and what each scene needs in order to actually work. For almost half of my book, that means being cut. When I tried my rewrite in June,… Continue reading Revision Diaries: When half the book doesn’t work anymore.
As much as I'm enjoying working through my manuscript, it is a lot of work. My brain really isn't handling "more work" right now. My day job is starting to ramp-up, socializing is coming back, and of course the puppy. Puppy Blues Turns out, having a tiny puppy is a TON of work. Not just… Continue reading Revision Diaries: Stalling is Normal
I've heard of reading through a draft before to see it from the perspective of future readers before you edit. However, going further than that seemed over the top when the problems seemed obvious. Did I know how to actually tackle the problems I found while reading or even use the wonderful gems I found… Continue reading Revision Diaries: Evaluating the Manuscript