Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Clearly Insane

I have a deadline, and I need to finish my line-edit so I can email my revisions off to my agent. And yet. I have clearly gone insane, because I find myself at this very late date rewriting scenes. I don't have time for this. As I say, I've gone insane.

And yet. There was one scene in my book that I've never liked. It was necessary to move the plot forward, and the scene after it (which scene I do like) makes no sense without this disliked scene before it, so I felt rather stuck with it and wishing I could find something else to put in its place. This morning, I had A Truly Great Idea for this scene, an idea that's had me excited all day and when I got home I spent hours revising the scene when I should have been finishing up my line edits.

The new version of the scene is radically different in an important way, and much cooler and weirder and surprising and I do love it. But now I have to get back to my line edits.

Update at 11:34 PM: Line edits done! Sleep now!

14 comments:

  1. Well, congratulations, Mr. Famous! Perhaps one day I too will become famous. Say, where's your coattail?

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  2. Clear insanity beats obfuscated insanity every time.

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  3. But but but...you were finished.:-/ Step away from the book! Can't wait to read it. I love anything Hamlet.

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  4. Congratulations, Scott! Let us know when it's sealed so that you can't get to it anymore. :)

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  5. Darn muse!

    But grats at getting it all done! Sleep is good.

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  6. I was finished. I am finished. But...there are still two other scenes I've never been absolutely completely satisfied with...No. Must stop. Must email agent and say, "Hey, I'm ready to send you the revisions." Must tell muse to leave me alone for the time being.

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  7. Justus, don't make me comma over there and...

    Okay, I just emailed my agent, telling him he can have the revisions tomorrow if he's ready to see them. So there. Stopping now. No more rewrites. None, I tell you. Honest.

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  8. Go, Scott! Congrats again. Have you been having a dialog with your agent throughout your revision process?

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  9. Davin: We've emailed a couple of times, but certainly nothing in detail about the revisions. He gave me his ideas back in March, I told him I'd see what I can do, and that's been pretty much it in that regard. I haven't run anything by him or asked further questions; it's my book, after all. We've talked about blurbs and deadlines and I've congratulated him on a couple of deals he's made. Mostly, he's just been waiting for me to tell him the book is ready.

    Which is all fine with me. I like Jeff, but at this point we're in the beginning stages of a business relationship. He can't give me advice about writing and I can't advise him about agenting, so we only talk when we need to.

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  10. Scott, sometimes things just happen at the last minute. And oftentimes those things work out for the best. Good luck!

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  11. Michelle: I'm hoping for one more brilliant idea on the bus ride home tonight, just in the nick of time. I have my doubts. Thanks!

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  12. Yay! I'm glad you were able to redo the scene that you hated and make it what you want. Finishing your edits is also a great accomplishment.

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  13. Oh, I know those kind of scenes. It's always a joy when you can finally find something to love in them, rather than just have them standing there, holding up canvas, like a tent pole -- dull as a post.

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