I know, for shame. But I digress.
Like the quote? I read it on Pinterest and was like, “Yep. That’s totally me.” But not just in a scared-of-the-dark kind of way (which I totally am), but in a writing way as well.
Well, I look at all my self-doubts as Monsters. They creep in while I’m trying to fall asleep and keep me hiding under my blankets, waiting for daybreak. Also, since I’m in the editing stage, all the worries of my script and issues that I thought I had resolved seem to surface and plague my confidence.
It’s a never-ending, sleepless cycle.
But never fear! I have found a website called WriteOnCon. It’s for those who are looking for critique and advice on writing. Agents and Authors come together for workshops that are free. And as if the stars have aligned in my favor, I stumbled upon this one particular article that I could relate to at this time in my life. It has to do with editing and revising.
Ugh. I have a love/hate relationship with those two words. I think we all can agree on this: yes it’s fun to edit, but yes, it is also a grueling process.
So this particular author, Bret Ballou, talks about the hardships and how to overcome them while revising your work. I love feeling like I’m not alone. Knowing that, makes going through this process so much easier. Any who…
His ideas are simple and leave me thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” For instance, instead of simply deleting that entire chapter worth of blood, sweat, and tears, he creates a document called Graveyard where all that work goes. Safe and sound. I have to admit, I have deleted plenty without turning a blind eye. If it’s not good, it’s not good. Plain and simple. But if it’s an entire scene, I think it’s a good idea to keep it for a later date-like after you are published. It may be fun to release some of that material to show your readers where you had first seen the characters going.
He also talks about finding issues within your plot arc and then thinking, “Oh damn, now I need to re-write the whole thing.” I’ve hit this plateau with both of my novels. I finish it and then realize something small needs to change. But anything small is not really small inside of a novel. That small change has to be strewn throughout the entire manuscript, and that’s where you’re like, “Well damn. Now what.”
When I reach that point, I don’t throw in the towel. I realize that I need to go back through each chapter and make sure that, that tiny change is cohesive with the rest of the story. This is where having notes on your story helps because sometimes it’s hard to remember all the tiny details without having to read-thru the entire thing once again.
I must admit though, I don’t take notes as well as I should. I attempted a chapter-by-chapter synopsis and quit because it was boring and I could spend that time editing or writing instead. So I usually go off of my memory to find and fill the small changes throughout each chapter. Is this risky? Probably. But to each his own.
He also shares that when the words begin to grow bland and unreadable, try re-formating or changing the color in font. This will help break up the familiarity of your work and in turn make you feel as if you are reading something new. I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t attest to it, but it makes sense.
He also says that if you have a kindle or e-reader, try uploading it onto it and having it read it out loud to you. Hearing it out loud helps. This, I can attest to, only I read it out loud to my bestie, Sonya. This helped us both with finishing up the revisions to our novels. You hear the weak spots and notice when the other is getting bored. I highly recommend finding a reading partner.
Just not my Bestie. She’s mine!
…yeah, so that about wraps it up lol. This article is great and I’m glad I read it. If you are near that stage, read it too. Trust me, going into the revision stage with a clear mind and confidence will help you get through it so much easier.
Now to leave you with a question…What stage are you at and how are you managing through it? Share your advice with us! The more the merrier!
Until tomorrow, Echelon out ♥