Started

Amazingly I managed to get started today even though many things conspired against me.

I completed the discovery section of the One Pass Revision with little issue. I had pretty much done all that stuff before starting the story, and some of it even still applied. I worry that it may have been too easy. Maybe I did something wrong? We’ll see.

So I started the slog. I managed to be brutal. I hacked the entire first chapter right out of the book. It was a tough choice, but I think it was the right one. I’m holding on to it, because it could easily be expanded into a short story on it’s own, but the book doesn’t need it. Do I think the book is better without it? I’m not sure, but it’s not the solid start I want, so it had to go.

Chapter 2 Scene 1 didn’t need too much work. Chapter 2 Scene 2 wasn’t bad, but I rewrote most of it. Chapter 2 is light on dialog. Chapter 1 wasn’t. Since it’s gone, I needed to get some more dialog into the book earlier. This removed a bit of infodumping, and allowed me to improve some weak characterization.

Not a bad hour and half’s worth of work. Special thanks to the kids for letting me get it done.

4 Comments

  1. Brom says:

    Way to go Jay! Keep up the good work!

  2. Unfocused Me says:

    I just started my own attempt at the One-Pass Revision Process, and stumbled across your entries by following links from my blog posts about. I’m looking forward to seeing how it worked out for you.

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  4. Jason Penney says:

    @Unfocused Me – Thanks for stopping by. I think you found the rest of the posts by now, but I believe this link contains all the posts related to the writing and revisions of the novel in question.