Footloose and Fancy-free Friday Editing — February 19, 2010

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday Editing

How do you people do it?  I’m sorry if I sound like I’m whining or anything, but seriously.

This is my first real foray into the realm of revising/editing.  Sure, I gave chapters to my 12th grade English teacher to read and comment on.  Edited those chapters to death based on feedback from him.  But since I never got past those chapters before I’m not really counting that.  (What I did was more akin to vying for the procrastination queen crown.)

I am struggling to figure out where to start.  (Aside from the massive wordage cuts.)

It’s so daunting, so intimidating, so scary.

And so necessary.  This book sucks, you guys.  I’m not sure that any amount of revision will save this.  At some point I’m probably going to have to cross the “abandon this work forever” bridge in regards to Oracles Promise.  And it makes me sad to think that.

But oh well.  For now I’ll continue to press onward through the revision trenches and hope to come out on the peaks of shininess.

WiP Wednesday 2/17 — February 17, 2010

WiP Wednesday 2/17

OK, so there’s not really a reason to do a WiP update.  Except to say that I’ve officially entered revisions round 1.

How do you people do it?  I’m at a loss for really where to begin.  Other than with the major cutting that makes me incredibly sad to do.

Oracles Promise has shed some major poundage.

The current revised word count stands at 59,788 words.

Yikes!

There’s going to be some serious re-writing, new scene adding, and plotting going on.  Right now I’m on a read-through of the manuscript following the chapter-cuts I made over the course of a couple days.  (Non-consecutive days.)

As I go, I cut words, sentences, little things that don’t mesh now that I’ve cut all those words.  I’m leaving comments in the margins where I’ve got internal dialogue.  The comments are just to tell me who is thinking what so I know if I’m head-hopping too much.  (I like to think I’m writing in 3rd omniscient.)

I figure after the read-through I’ll correct what I noticed then and be able to move from there into a second read-through.  My focus now though is on the head-hopping and scene adding.  (Chapter adding, too.)

How’s your WiP going?