So here I am again with the Insecure Writers Support Group thing. Hard to believe it’s already the first Wednesday in February (though I’m actually writing this on the last Tuesday if you want to be picky).
And the insecurity du jour? Revising! Cue vicious orchestral stabs etc.
I finally trudged through to the last scene (which I think I improved on), the last paragraph and the last word of the current draft on Saturday. Along the way, 64,000 words somehow ballooned to 97,000. I’ve clearly got to get hold of a very large pair of scissors. Of course, before I actually do this, I have to swiftly whiz through the whole epic mess and discover, well, whether it simply needs a lot of work or if it’s (gulp) just not very good.
The former, I’m geared up for. The latter I really don’t want to think about.
Meanwhile, when all else fails, one can take refuge in technique. So here’s a few posts on revising that have caught my attention over the last few months.
- A check list for fiction writers from the Blood Red Pencil
- Not Enough Words offers advice for dealing with the BIG manuscript problems
- Kidlit.com makes me wonder whether I should rip it all up and start over with a Big Revision (Noooooo!)
- Paperback Writer (whose blog I really love) still refers people to her original post on revision. As well she should.
- She also links to an excellent list of proofing and copy-editing tips.
- Like Adventures In Publishing, I’m a great believe in reading your work out loud. Which gets me funny looks in cafés.
- Nicola Morgan on Backstory, something I’l be looking to prune a great deal…
Anyone else got any useful revision tips?