Monday, September 27, 2010

Countdown to Revisions

Revisions to my novel Killing Hamlet are not scheduled (yes, I'm clearly insane having worked out deadlines and schedules like this for the book) to begin until Tuesday, October 5th. I have, of course, already started anyway. The first chapter is pretty well marked up in red penl; I've made some notes and written a few paragraphs for a scene I want to add somewhere in the first third of the story (Fredrik relates a dream of total war to Horatio and then has to hide behind a tapestry--hey, that last bit sounds a mite familiar); I've made a list of ideas, motifs, et cetera that I want to have running all through the narrative. Unless I discover something seriously wrong with the story itself, the actual revisions should go pretty quickly; I am expecting to spend no more than two weeks on it. We'll see how that goes.

8 comments:

  1. I admire your dedication to the systematic approach.

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  2. I had a schedule too but that went right out the window. Two more scenes and I'm done but I concede to you Mr. Bailey. Even though you had less word count, I pretty much fucked off most of the summer.

    I started on revisions too on Saturday and they just flew by. I'll find out what kind of writer I really am when the beta's get done with it.

    When are you going to revise Cocke and Bull? I really want to read that.

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  3. Nevets: I dedicate my admiration to the systemat...never mind. Hey, thanks!

    Anne: As I recall, you were busy with a little thing called real life this summer. Cocke & Bull will get more attention after the new year at the very earliest. I need to add a bunch of scenes in the first act, I think.

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  4. If you have to be off schedule, much better to be in advance than in arrears.

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  5. Go with the flow. I stopped making schedules a long time ago. Too restricting and I end up fitting everything where it needs to go in the end, anyway. My January goal to become less organized and be happier about it has totally worked. :)

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  6. Two weeks! That's impressive, Mr. Bailey. Good luck. I hope the break time is giving you the distance you need. Not having read through it yet is probably quite helpful to you. I did that with my last project, and I really like the results.

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    Is this possible?

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