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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Yes, Dear. Revising = Rewriting.

So every week I do 2,000-3,000 words of revision for Sanderson’s class. This week, after prepping next week’s word count, I started reading ahead. It’s weird when I read things I forgot I wrote—almost like I’m reading someone else’s book. Makes it more entertaining that way, eh?

Anyway, I realize that this big event I have in chapter eight doesn’t make logical sense at all. As I read it (and attempted to fix it without really changing anything) I could hear the criticisms I knew I’d be getting from my writing group in the back of my head. I saw every error they would point out to me and demand I fix.

So, I’ll fix it now and spare them. What is revision if not for scene rewriting? I had to rewrite part of chapter four, but the scene still remained the same. For chapter eight, I have to actually scrap what I have and redo all of it. Hurray.

So I pulled out my little red notebook for CSH and worked on it during my history class. (I’m such a good student, I know.) I wrote out all the problems I had and figured out the most logical way to solve them. Some of my solutions caused other problems. I think I have the new scene down to a point where yes, it makes other problems for the story, but ones that can be dealt with should I write them well. I’ll probably get on that sometime this week.

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On another note, The Raimos is ready to be written—I took the liberty of writing the first 500 words or so via notepad*. However, I decided not to put too much work into it until summer for two reasons. First, because of this post, and second because I’m so involved in CSH revisions that I don’t think I could give TR the attention it deserves. (And it will need a lot of attention. I have a ton of emotional trauma I need to pull off.) So, I’m going to focus on CSH and getting it out to alpha readers pronto, then dedicate my time to TR. :D


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*The Raimos will be the first novel I’ve [seriously] written that doesn’t have a prologue.

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