With an armful of devilcat (making it hard to type), I am happy to report a strong showing on the writing/revision front this week. I enjoyed reading through my writing journals (mostly) and have been thinking deeply about what needs to be done with this book — and how I’m going to do it.
I’m now at a dangerous stage — the stage where I start mapping out the planned changes. It’s dangerous, because I have a tendency at this point to reinvent things. Perhaps more than necessary.
It’s at this point I look at what has made it onto the page, and what has not. And then I have all these other ideas about what I’d like to incorporate in order to achieve my grand vision. Only, my vision keeps getting bigger and bigger with every revision.
That can lead me to throwing all the scenes up in the air after ripping them into confetti… And then lots of rewriting.
A friend said something wise to me last night — something along the lines of ‘decide what the book is, and focus on that’. Good advice. I will try to keep it in mind as I get lured by all the magical possibilities of what the book could be.
Keep it… not simple, but perhaps true. True to itself. Undiluted. Texture is important, but it needs to be all part of a coherent unified pattern.
Anyway, that’s where I’m at. It’s somewhat daunting but also tremendously exciting. This is the part I love. The story is down (sort of) and now I get to mould it into something better.
The goal for this week is thus to come up with a revision plan that builds upon the first draft, but doesn’t reinvent it. And I’m looking forward to it!