Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Brief Revisions Update

I have cut page upon page of beautiful prose. Some of my favorite dialog--truly lovely stuff--is now in the bin. A new chapter has been added about a third of the way into the narrative. Two subsequent chapters have been rewritten from scratch. I've rewritten scenes that I've already rewritten. Twice. I'm about halfway through the revisions. My characters' fates sadden me. The book is better than it was a month ago. And now I must sleep.

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  1. I resemble all of the aforementioned statements.

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  2. Poor fella. I'd say more, but you've heard it all. Ha ha.

    Fine, here you go:

    Keep your chin up!
    Can't never could do anything.
    Slow and steady wins the race.
    You've got to fight for the Universe! (okay, that was a saying developed during my Pong days...so what?!)

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  3. Rick posted a few seconds before me and caused my computer to say, "Your request could not be processed. Please try again." Thanks, Rick!

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  4. :-O I hope you saved it somewhere!!!!!

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  5. Scott, it's true. Like pruning a tree, we sometimes must cut things to help other grow. In the end, more lovely fruit is produced. Good luck to you.

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  6. I used to worry about losing good stuff. But I read somewhere that a writer or some other artist was willing to disgard things because he knew that his inspirational well would never run dry. Now, I just have faith that anything I write can be improved upon, so I have very little difficulty getting rid of stuff I like.

    Push on, Scott!

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  7. Davin,

    Yeah, I figure that if I was brilliant once, I can be brilliant again! I don't really feel badly about losing any of the prose; I've thankfully gained enough critical distance that I can look at things and realize that they have no place in the story. I replaced two pages of nice dialog with "We sat and ate in silence for a minute." I've also added so much new material to the ms by now that I have the luxury of cutting however much I want.

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  8. It's a good point. I think still sometimes act like a miser with my prose and my plot points, thinking I'll never come up with anything better. Yet the contrary is true.

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  9. For the most part, I always save the huge sections I cut during the revision process. There's always a file named "omitted sections". You just never know when those omissions might come in handy in some other project you're working on. What doesn't work in one project, could will be the inspiration for another project. Always save, never delete, because the brilliance might be just beneath the surface. : )

    S

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