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January 23, 2013
I’m doing this revision, see. One of the more complicated revisions I’ve ever done. (I’m pretty sure I say that every time, but this time it’s really true! No, really!) On top of all the usual tweaks and adjustments, I’m completely swapping two big action set pieces and all the setup for said scenes. Because I’m crazy. (It’s the right thing to do — if I put the second set piece first, it means there’s now a really good reason for X character to be mad at Y character and leave him out of the first (now second) set piece, and the clue that turns up in the first (now second) set piece totally sets up the final action set piece, and this way the second half of the book doesn’t drag waiting for that clue to come into play. . .see how this works? I just wish I’d noticed all this the first bloody time I wrote the bloody book.)
Anyway, yeah. It has to be done. But wow, I’ve got scissors, tape, papers, post-it flags and index cards all over my office from literally tearing apart the manuscript and putting it back together (usually that’s just an expression).
All that, two weeks of work, thousands of words deleted and written, dozens of scenes moved, removed, and added — and it looks like the wordcount on the thing is going to end up within a thousand or so of where it started. It’s like it’s exactly the same book or something. And this is why writers are driven to drink. Where’s my orange juice?