My brain is full. On the one hand, it means I think I’m recovering from the August That Would Not End. I can plan more than two weeks ahead! On the other, ugh, I just want to take a nap.
I’m in the middle of the third major revision of this book. Here’s what I’m doing, just in case it might help someone else with their revision:
Chapter two and four combined to become chapter one. (Basically, in the earlier draft, a thing happened, then a more exciting thing happened. Now, they’re both happening at the same time.)
In trying to make this all make sense I had to go back to the beginning and read it all fresh. This got frustrating because I had the feeling I’d written all this before (character descriptions, etc.). Because, you know, I had.
So I backed up. I went through it once to get the bare bones of the new structure in place. (Lots of cutting and pasting. But I didn’t have to make it look good, I just had to get scenes in the right places.) Now I’m going through it again to read it with fresh eyes and make sure all the information is there in a way that makes sense.
This two-step process seemed to work a lot better and saved me from that nagging feeling that I was repeating myself.
Of course, on the next book I’ll need to do something totally different again…