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09 June 2009 @ 07:22 am
Revision, revision  
Sometime today, the revision letter for Thief Eyes should be landing in my mailbox.

If this is anything like the revisions for Bones and Secret (but then, every book has a way of being its own thing), the process from there might go something like this:

- Read the letter
- Resist at least one large-scale thing -- "I can't possibly do that!" "The story would fall apart!" "Or even if it wouldn't, I don't know how to do that!"
- Pace and fret
- Sit down and enter all the notes, in the letter and on the hardcopy, into the manuscript, putting them in brackets so I know they're notes
- Make the most minor changes, spelling and word choice and other trivialities, because those are easy, and because I might as well get them out of the way
- Wander restlessly through the manuscript, making mid-scale changes out of order
- While doing all of the above, make notes on the large-scale issues
- While making notes on the large-scale issues, begin, at last, to see that of course I can tackle them
- Dig in, tear things apart, change the big stuff
- Check to make sure all the brackets have gone away
- Fret because in tearing things apart, my once-polished prose is once again an unruly mess
- Re-polish the edited book back into ruly-ness
- Lather, rinse, repeat

For all the fretting (but then, fretting seems a normal part of every stage of my process :-)), I love revision and the ways in which we can dig in and make the story better.

In the meantime, this morning is for clearing the decks of various non-revision related things!
eclectic_writer: Lolcat - Eggcelenteclectic_writer on June 9th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
LOL! That sounds just like me, except the fretting stage would last a lot longer and include all sorts of "woe is me!" whinging, wailing and gnashing of teeth before anything got done. ;) I think all writers (artists of any sort, really) are natural drama queens but especially when they get critiqued on their babies.
jennifer_j_sjennifer_j_s on June 9th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
I like the part about [putting all the notes in brackets]. My ms has all the notes done electronically, questions as comments, and actual deletions and insertions for me to approve.

I've done all the easy ones, now it's time for the next level.
Janni Lee Simner: Iceland/roofjanni on June 9th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Good luck--here's to that next level!
We Were Like the World's Gayest Ninjasthunderemerald on June 9th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Man. I love the revision process, but MAN is it scary before you actually dig in!
rosanne_parryrosanne_parry on June 12th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
So YOU are the reason my revision letter is taking so long!!!!
I am throwing pine cones at you from my tree house!

Just kidding! Good luck with Thief Eyes. Can't wait to read it.
Janni Lee Simner: wildfire aftermathjanni on June 12th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: So YOU are the reason my revision letter is taking so long!!!!
Ever since writing Bones I'm pretty scared of pine cones, too! :-)

Can't wait to read yours, either. What's the title?
rosanne_parryrosanne_parry on June 12th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: So YOU are the reason my revision letter is taking so long!!!!
Still working on the title.

After one of my girls read your book she refused to mow the lawn. She kept imagining a pile of grass clippings was going to sneak up and cut off her hair! So okay, I'll keep my scary pine cones to myself. :-)