Friday, February 22, 2013

Update on revisions

I'm going to the Indiana Horror Writers retreat this weekend. Tonight (Friday) is a socialization night, which means...well...pizza and debates about writing and such. I doubt I'll get much done tonight in terms of revisions. I'm currently about 33% of the way finished with revisions, not bad for one week of work. A couple of those nights were abbreviated (I say that to make me feel better about my progress).

Tomorrow afternoon will give me some time to kick back and get some revisions done. My cohorts have a couple events that I plan to skip out on in order to log some revision hours. I'm one of those people who doesn't work well with a lot of noise and extra activity in the background...which is exactly what happens during a writing retreat. Things will quiet down a bit tomorrow, giving me a chance to work on II Crimsonstreak. The retreat ends Sunday morning.

And how are revisions going? Well, I dreaded them at first. I didn't turn in a bad book, but I also didn't turn in a book that was nearly as good as it could be. Since the plot takes a lot of narrative turns--I took some major chances--I also have a lot of things that fell short of my goal. What that means is that I have a lot of developmental editing to do. It's going pretty well, to be honest. I sent a very detailed revision plan to my publisher...and I'm putting that plan into action. The prevailing theme is streamlining...streamlining characters, streamlining plot points, streamlining pretty much everything.

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