Nov

2

2009

revising

Filed under: The Bad Twin, writing

I’m at the point now, in my revisions, where I’m actually feeling really good about this book. I can understand what’s happening with it. I’m writing new scenes to fit in the gaps I had before, and I’m changing what I’ve already got so it’s stronger and more coherent.

I love my heroine, too. It’s funny to say that for most of the first draft, I wasn’t 100% sure of her. I liked her and she had a strong voice, I sort of knew what made her tick, but I wasn’t in love with her. Going back to the beginning and writing it again made me fall in love with her. Now I think she’s great. She’s ballsy, and a wiseass, and a risk-taker, and selfish. And yet she’s vulnerable and ambitious and frightened and caring.

What I can’t quite tell yet, because nobody else but me has read this, is whether it’s what I want it to be. I’m not really sure that I’ve shown what I want to, or made the world as rich as it could be. I need a reader to tell me that, and also distance.

What are you up to in your writing? NaNoing? Revising? Resting?


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  1. I’m writing the first draft of my third children’s book and just finished Chapter 5. Start on Chapter 6 tomorrow where my girl will work out what to do to defeat her enemy.

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  2. Excellent, Julie! Good luck with it. I hope your heroine defeats her enemy…I have a feeling she will. 🙂

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  3. Craawwlliinngg through Chapter 4. Eventually I have hopes that I’ll remember why I thought this was a good idea.

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  4. Ugh, I often feel the same way about chapter 4. It’s after the exciting hooky bit you’ve figured out, and not yet the meaty bit in the middle.

    You will win out in the end!

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  5. The End. Oh magic words so far in the distance.

    May go and make myself some tea so I can cry into it.

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  6. Yes, but isn’t it a miraculous journey… (says she who knows how her book is going to end)

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  7. I’m at a similar stage to you – editing my novel and starting to quite like it instead of looking at it and going “Noooooooo!”

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  8. Into NanoMo blindly moving forward thinking it is madness and that I should have stuck with revision but then I didn’t have a big enough stretch of time to immerse myself into it to focus properly – so blindly on my pilgrimage I shall go!

    Good luck.
    lx

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  9. Revising after editor’s thoughts. It will get there.

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  10. Yay Cally! We’ve been at a similar stage on these novels together, I think. When’s your deadline?

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  11. Good luck with the pilgrimage, Liz…you can do it! I have faith.

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  12. Michelle, I know you always have a lightbulb moment after hearing your editor’s thoughts…what is it this time?

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  13. Struggling inch by tiny inch through the last 4K words of this story. You’d think it’d be easy, but seeing as how I’m still not entirely sure how it’s going to end… 😛 You can see my dilemma.

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  14. I’m sure your characters will tell you…eventually. 🙂

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