I’ve slogging through my revisions for a while now and it seems like every time it looks like I’m getting closer to be finished, something else comes up. As I was going through my editor’s notes, one of her suggestion about a particular scene gave me a minor freak-out. Why? Because it could mean that I have to re-write the whole scene and change a plot point. Ack. I’ve been mulling it over this weekend. Thanks to a conversation with an awesome person at church (<3 you Mrs. Monroe), I’m going to take a bit of a break from my revisions. I think I might work on my piano project this week and try and do some other writing instead. Hopefully that will give me the creative energy to finish this revisions and complete the novella. Cheers to recharging batteries!
Got the rest of my edits back from my editor. The original feedback she sent me didn’t have all the information she wanted to tell me, so she sent it to me again last night via email. Overall, the feedback I got was very helpful, although some of it I’m not sure about. I was planning on getting down to work but I’m feeling a little too anxious right now to get anything done. Just so I wouldn’t feel totally unproductive, I pulled out Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway and re-read the chapter on Revision. This chapter talks about the process of revision, criticism and workshops, and questions to ask yourself about the story while you rewrite. It’s a short chapter but it is rather helpful. These are the questions that Burroway suggests that you ask yourself:
"What is my story about?" or "What is the pattern of change?"
"Is there unnecessary summary?"
"Why should the reader turn from the first page to the second?"
"Is is original?"
"Is it clear?"
"Is it self-conscious?"
"Where is it too long?"
"Where is it undeveloped in character, action, imagery, theme?"
"Where is it too general?"
I plan on keeping these questions in mind as I get back to editing tomorrow. I hope that they will be helpful to you as well. You may also want to check out Writing Fiction for yourself. It has a lot of really useful information.