First of all, thank you all so much for coming to play with me yesterday! I had such a good time getting to talk to everyone. A special thanks to Katrina for the wonderful introduction!
And now, onto today's post...
I like to keep moving. I'm the type who prefers walking to work over sitting on a bus trapped in morning traffic. Sure, the bus might break out of the gridlock and get ahead of me, but it'll still feel like I got there faster.
When I'm not writing, I'm thinking about it. I'm outlining, or plotting, or sometimes I just walk around my neighborhood and let the scenes play out in my head. Revisions are the same way. I can make very big changes very quickly, so my instinct is to charge full speed ahead.
That works out for me sometimes. But as I wait on my revision notes, I know that's not something I want to do this time around. This agent's clients are amazing. I really want to step up my game and make these revisions the best they can possibly be. I want to think through every angle of each suggestion before I go ahead and make the changes.
It's daunting, but I don't think it's impossible. I mean, if I managed to turn myself from an impulse buyer to a frugal shopper, nothing's impossible! But it helps if I give myself steps to follow. Here are mine:
- Don't touch the manuscript until you get the notes! But maybe write up some supplemental material for the mythology and such.
- When you receive the notes, read them over carefully, then reread the MS with those notes in mind.
- Set aside two weeks to just think about the edits, and write up a set of notes of your own. Don't start the changes until this period is over.
- Once this period ends, begin changes, and hope that you didn't tear too much of your hair out in the interim. Give MS a couple more passes on your own, then ship it off to betas for their opinion.
- Do a victory dance. Background music to be determined.
Easy enough, right? In theory, anyway. I think it'll be so worth it in the long run.
What about you guys? What kind of reviser are you? What kind of reviser do you want to be?