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.