Sunday, 23 February 2014

Revision report: SQUEAKY #1

Hi everyone. Here's a report on how my revisions are going.

I had decided to work on revising SQUEAKY, and I've done a bit so far. I'm up to page 32, but the whole process just isn't feeling right. I think I have the first chapter in pretty good shape (from past revisions), but the rest of the time I'm sort of revising but also knowing I should probably read the whole chapter, decide what to do, and then revise in great detail. I guess I feel that I've just been "surface revising", changing wording, removing the occasional sentence, but not really looking at the overall structure. That won't work in the long run.

So I think I need to change tack. I want to tackle one chapter at a time (sounds obvious, right?), and work on that chapter until I really feel that I have it in good shape. That isn't usually how I work, in that I will go through a whole novel and have an idea of what needs to be done in future, while doing more of the "surface revision" sort of thing. I always know that there will be another round of editing later, so sometimes I might leave the real "digging in" work until the next round. But I don't see the point of that, really. So I'm going to hit the brakes, switch into reverse, and start over.

Of course, March is nearly here, and I wanted to revise another project during that month. All that matters for NaNoEdMo is that you put in 50 hours of editing, so I guess I could technically spend 50 hours editing one single chapter and still "win". :P I'd rather not do that, though. I want to get more done than just one chapter!

I hope you're all going well with your various projects.


  1. That's a lot of time on one chapter. Hope you're able to do far more.

  2. Editing and revising is so challenging! What works for one book won't always work for another. Good luck!

  3. In awe. Keep fightin' the good fight, Trisha!

  4. Sounds like you are keeping busy and making progress. Best of luck on your book! ♥

  5. That's how I work! I totally work in chapters at a time and don't move on until I'm happy with a chapter. Great job revising, Trish---it's such hard work. Keep the momentum! You're doing it!

  6. Sounds like we have similar issues when it comes to revisions. I have never really come up with a system that works well for me, and I tend to do amy of the same things you described above.

    Keep plugging away though. I'm sure you'll get it right... then teach me.

  7. I've had a few chapters like that in my second novel. Sometimes, we just need to dig into the details.
    Happy writing and revising!


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