Archive for June, 2006

Rebooting the Edit Process

Monday, June 12th, 2006

It’s time to get back to editing my first novel. I’m going to start over. I read lots of articles on editing when I started, and one of them really stuck out: Holly Lisle’s One-Pass Manuscript Revision. I recently re-read the article, and it makes a lot more sense now. Right from the opening it grabbed me and said, “Just start over and try this.”

The first draft of your novel is finished. Now, according to the recommendations of any number of writing books, pundits, and writers who go through this themselves, you’re in for five or ten or more rounds of revision, in which you’ll polish your work until it is a gleaming, perfect pearl … and in which process you’ll dither for months or years.

You can do that if you want. But you don’t have to.

I believed that when I read it the first time, but I didn’t have the confidence to try it. Instead I tried something which can only be called “my way.” I can tell you with great confidence that “my way” sucks big time. Maybe I needed to fail on my own before trusting someone else on this. Who knows.

So I need to start with the Supplies section, and the thing that sticks out right now is:

A table where you have room to stack your manuscript into three piles and have the spiral-bound notebook open at the same time.

Yeah. I have that. It’s the rear section of my desk. Problem is it currently looks like this:

Supplies: The Desk

So that’ll be step one for me. Clean the desk!

Using a Mind Map to Organize Novel Notes

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

I downloaded Freemind to help organize my notes for the new novel. I’m really pleased with it. It’s easy to use, and really lets me get my thoughts down. I’m impressed with how easy it is to navigate around.

Here’s what my notes so far look like fully expanded:
BWC Notes Mind Map
You can’t really make them out, but there are little arrows connecting the nodes.

Barry Manilow to the Rescue!

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Just read this. Really. Nothing I can say will make it any funnier than it already is.

Still Writing

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

I haven’t been posting much, and I haven’t mentioned writing in a while, so here’s a quick update. The novel edit is on hold right now. I need to rethink my approach. There are some problems, and I have a good feeling what they are, but I’m not sure how to fix them yet. Every time I’m sitting still for 10 seconds to think about it someone gives me something to do. So I’m working on other writing related tasks. I’m doing world-building work for another novel, and I’m writing some short stories set in that world to help flesh some things out.