Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Revisions Part 2

Happy Late Evening One And All,

Whew. I've been immersed in some serious revising. I ought to be working on Surreal, however, I think one chapter a day works best for that project at this time. Once ideas start flowing I can do more. At this point I'm reintroducing myself to the story after an absence.

The other revising I'm doing? Serious reconstructive work on Conjure A Man. After some thought based on some advice Kim Lenox gave at the chapter RWA meeting on Saturday morning, and some suggestions from Tess, I went back and cut out all of Chapter 1 to lead off with chapter 2. This way, I throw the reader immediately into the action and the story. The situation is right there and the back story flows through the dialogue. Combining chapter 2 and 3, I'm working on improving the beginning. Fortunately I only have about 11-12 chapters so far, but I'm getting reinvigorated.

I have to quit for now, because it's almost 10 p.m. and with motherhood responsibilities I have to get ready for bed or suffer severe sleep deprivation in the morning. Since I'm not my best without some sleep, I'll have to let it go for the night. Hopefully ideas won't keep me awake.

Anyway...anyone ever experienced something similar? The light bulb goes on and you suddenly remember why you loved the story in the first place? It all rushes back to you in a wave of inspiration, triumph and the "AH-HA!" moments. Please share your experiences in the comment section. I like hearing about other people's writing journeys.

Once I'm reacquainted with Surreal I'm sure I'll have some "AH-HA!" moments with that project as well.

Have A Thrilling Tuesday Night!


J.J. Bennett said...

I think I have similar experiances. I get excited when I step away from it for sometime and then when I do come back to it, I see things I love about it and I'm able to see silly mistakes.

bethanyintexas said...


Thank you for sharing. I love the "AH-HA" moments when things just seem to fit.