Okay, so I was chatting with my bud the other night (yeah, I know, I know…I chat with her every night) and she was teasing my about the 7 circles of hell I like to call REVISIONS.
See, I love writing. And sure, there is an aspect of revising I actually like…but really, after I have read the same chapter a million times and STILL find things I want to change…it begins to get a bit old, you know?
Anyways, our little chat made me think about what has actually gone into these revisions o far…the planning, the process, etc.
Now, I blogged about this last week (click here), told you about my 3×5 cards, etc. For this post I thought I would show you exactly what I have been up to.
So, here we have the cards…and yes I wrote 1 scene on each one and played around with the order of things.
For this round of revisions I was focusing in on character voice and the plot line.
So, of course I have cards that deal with that…
Then, I have my cue cards – reminders of what I am trying to accomplish. Things like “depth”, or “streamline” – just one word phrases to keep me focused.
I also have a plot line and time line – cuz dude, when I moved around scenes and changed things, I felt like a had a serious train wreck on my hands. Being a visual person, I need to fix everything…and the timeline totally helped with that.
Obviously, me and my 3×5 cards have been having a blast (insert heavy sarcasm).
You can see here, that everything is all in piles around my desk..reminders of what I am specifically working on at all times.
So, after I descend into my cave, pull out my cards, and work, how do I keep myself from going nuts.
That’s where my supplies come in….
*** PANDORA (A life saver…seriously)
***My starbucks and my water (No matter which cave I hide in, I must have both)
I used to eat sweets…dark chocolate in particular…but I gave it up (photo shoot coming up – need to drop some poundage and all) . So now it is just me, my water and my starbucks to get through the hours that I revise.
And yes…I did say HOURS.
The end result…hopefully a revised manuscript my agent and I LOVE!
What is your process like? Please share…I am desperate for the diversion!