The rewrite is coming along pretty well, I think. I really enjoy the editing process–first drafts are like pulling teeth for me, but editing a story into shape afterward is great fun. I feel like this is exactly what I needed. I’m looking forward to getting this one out the door, but there’s a lot of work to be done first. I’m taking it in steps:
- Write a new beginning – done
- Do a basic rewrite of the existing story, smoothe out prose – done
- Fine-tune character motivations – in progress
- Print draft, get out the scissors and tape, evaluate structure, fix
- Improve beats, heighten tension
- Groom for economy: cut, cut, cut!
- Groom for voice. Find the section that reads exactly the way I want it to, get that voice in my head, and carry it through each paragraph.
- Read aloud/proofread, fix anything that I stumble over
- PROFIT. I mean…what? Submit, and cross tentacles.
Those are the steps that seem to produce the results I’m happiest with. I’m hoping to get this done by the end of the weekend. I’m fond of this story and hope that I can do it justice finally. (It is kind of funny to think that John rejected this story back in 2006, long before I had any idea who he was.)
In other news, the standing desk experience is improving. The first three days were pretty painful, but today wasn’t too bad. I find that I need to stretch and/or sit every two hours or so. Moving helps, breaks help, but by the end of the day I’m definitely ready to get off my feet. We’ll see how it is at the end of this week.
In general I’m feeling pretty good. I feel like these are two good things for me to be doing right now. The next three months promise to be absolutely crazy, so I’m enjoying slowing down a little and focusing on the work.