I wrote about revision burn-out back here, and now I'm back to write about it again, because I'm suffering from a mild case of it. As I mentioned to the folks at the awesome Write-Brained forums (in the even more awesome EdYoFOffMo group (Edit Your Face Off, if you wondered! :D), I have been working on my SUNDOWN revisions and was doing really well up until about chapter 15 (there are currently 33 chapters). Then I sort of entered a slump, wherein I was reading the words and shuffling them around but not really making any major revision progress.
I think I got to some parts where I'm not sure if I need them or not. I think I have this habit of keeping lines of dialogue from much earlier drafts just because I love them. I'm not sure my characters really need to say these lines. I'm not even sure what point I'm trying to get across with the scenes. My characters are getting to know each other, and that's important. But do I really need all those beloved lines?
Karen Hooper suggested that I take a step back for a while, give these revisions a rest and come back to it with fresh eyes. But typical of me, I want to keep going at least until I've done this latest re-read. Then I will print out a copy for my paper edit. But Karen's advice was very sound, and I will take it. At some point. As I said in response, it's not like I don't have enough other projects to spend time on while I'm on break from this one. ;)
And because I feel like it (this may become a habit), here's another of my drawings:
P.S. Have I mentioned how I've had to restrain myself from posting every day since May began? Haha. It's not the A-Z's fault either. I was like this before April!