Catching Up

The non-writing life has been busy this week; lots of after-school obligations and a side gig playing in the orchestra for a community theater production meant virtually no downtime, so it was slow on the noveling front. I did manage to finish typing in my handwritten revisions for the One Pass Revision. Having finished, I’m now reading through one more time, effectively making it a three pass revision. I’m not sure this is a failing of Holly’s method so much as it was that I was excited and moved quickly through the manuscript. She did say that if you felt that way, you weren’t hard enough on it before. I’m glad I did go back through, however, because I’ve found some very minor continuity errors I still didn’t catch on the One Pass. In any case, I’m now beginning the query process all over again. While I had previously queried THE IMMORTAL CODEX, and of course am still hopeful for some good news on that front, I’m going to set it aside while I try my luck with THE OPEN DOOR. It’s a little more accessible, and honestly, a better book in my opinion. And once I begin that…it’s on to a new...

One Pass Revision Update

Well, as of 2:05 today, I’ve gotten through the entire manuscript on the one-pass revision. I would estimate the whole thing took about twenty hours of work. At this point, I’m not convinced I did it with complete fidelity, as the second half seemed to go fairly quickly. And to be fair, it’s not really a one pass revision considering I now have to go back to the computer and type in all my edits, giving me another chance to make changes. Some things I discovered… As always, I’m wordy. I repeat myself and use too many words. I’m redundant. (See what I did there? :)) An example… But you didn’t have to be psychic to pick up what Anna felt. A complete idiot would have been able to read her. It was written all over her, in the downturned eyes, the sad droop to her lips, and the slump of her shoulders under the heavy weight of so much despair. The sentence in red is entirely unnecessary. I tend to make a statement, explain it, and then sometimes say it AGAIN like I’m writing an English paper. That’s one of the things I’ve had to really learn to watch for when I write. I had a couple of plot holes that weren’t huge but hadn’t even registered to me when I did the first draft. I have some phrases I tend to use over and over. After a character says something weird, another character “looks at me like I have fourteen heads.” (The number of heads is variable.) Shocked characters “recoil like they’ve been slapped.” Good challenge to...

One Pass Revision

So I’ve been intrigued by Holly Lisle’s One-Pass Revision since I first stumbled upon it a few months ago. Until now, my revisions have been of the unorganized, “Keep reading and tweaking until it’s done” sort. Unfortunately, I’m up to version 10 or 11 now of THE IMMORTAL CODEX and still don’t think I’ve gotten it quite right. Since I wrote something totally new for NaNoWriMo, I’m trying the One-Pass Revision with as yet mostly unnamed “The Ghost Story.” After purchasing a new laser printer (I needed a new printer anyway!), I printed out my manuscript and was immediately shocked at the sight of it. It’s only 300 pages but it looks monstrous! In any case, as Holly promised, the first part of the process was difficult. If you haven’t checked it out, you basically do a book report on your book. Nail down the themes, subthemes, a story arc for the main character, and finally a blurb about the book. The hardest part was theme. I already knew my themes…or did I? I had a long conversation with someone in my writer’s group about what exactly theme was. Is “love” a theme, or is “obsessive love is dangerous” a theme? I fall on the latter side, as I think theme is a statement, if not necessarily a moral. For The Ghost Story I had several themes, and I think most books do. Once I nailed down my themes, the other parts were less difficult thanks to having written multiple queries for THE IMMORTAL CODEX. I wanted to skip ahead, but I am trying to do this correctly! Once I...

Dubstep…huh?

So normally dubstep isn’t my thing, but I’ve been getting into Skrillex lately. (Thanks Spotify for widening my already extremely eclectic musical tastes.) This song didn’t do it for me until I watched the video. There’s a story waiting to be told about this little girl! (A scary one…) And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the demon/monster thing. It’s not exactly how I picture the Shades in my books, but it’s...