Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Home for a rest
Back now, and the word of the week is "rewrites."
I've finished with my writing course, but have been given the chance to get one more piece seen by "my" author, and have settled on a 25 pg. short, as I haven't been working on anything with him yet that's got a beginning/middle/end. The short is done, but I'm finding tremendous difficulty getting going on the rewrites.
How do you do it? Any tips? I've been trying a few things, but what's NOT working is going through in Word "tracking changes". The next thing I'm going to do is print out and make changes/notes on paper. (More and more I've been running away from the computer to do the actual writing -- the internet's siren song has been way too seductive of late.)
So ... I'm looking for what works for you guys out there, as August is going to be "editing" month. I have to tune up this short by next Friday (and anyone interested in a preview in exchange for comments would be greatly appreciated), rewrite another short for an antho that closes at the end of the month, and THEN, in September, I'll be returning to the "big" story. I'm also going to try and squeeze in some flash for a few special events that are happening.
Truth told, this is a new part of the process for me. In the past, 90% of my stuff has been so short it's been easy to go through 2-3 times and tweak this / that / the other, usually cutting to fit a hard word cap. Now that I'm north of 20 pages on things, it's a different beast, and once I get the bones of the novel out - holy crap.
Posted by Chris Allinotte