it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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now i can do what i want to. forever.

Grail rewrite Progress Notes:

New words: 2200
Pages edited: 23 (page 183 of 389)
Manuscript wordcount: 80,787
Words Word don't know: craftsmanlike, microfauna, berm, spycraft, outflung, astrogator, agave, cadaverine, neurochemical, oxytocin, parrotlet, intergrown, transgendered,
Mean things: temporal lobe epilepsy, battlefield promotion, loved ones who are not what they seemed, embracing the power of "and"

In addition to new words and editing today, I came up with two really cool plot twists (one of which fixes a problem I was having). I also rearranged the timeline to make more sense, and bring in the primary antagonist a little sooner.

I have one scene to add to the end of chapter 11, and it will be finished. That's work for tomorrow, though, because right now I'm making mother's day dinner for my mom, and then eating it. And then not looking at this book until tomorrow morning.

Actually, I'm currently feeling pretty confident about this revision. It is, indeed, a lot of work, and I pretty much need to write the climax from scratch. But being away from it for two months has made a difference. I seem to be able to get the whole book in my head at once now, which I hadn't been able to do previously, resulting in various weird disjointednesses that are what I am currently fixing.

This is good, because a large part of my process is about getting the book in my head where I can feel it, its shape and its motion, and when I was chewing through it a bit at a time, I felt a little like a SETI-at-home computer gnawing away on data packets and never getting a glimpse of the whole picture.

Now that I have buffer space to load the whole thing, as it were, the pattern is emerging, and I can manipulate it much better. I can get a sense of pacing and movement, and I can actually control the narrative the way I need to to be able to tell it.

Some of what was troubling me, I think, is that the Jacob's Ladder series represents a stage of growth for me, in ways I did not realize until now. (This also explains why I hated the first two books so desperately.) There's a huge thematic freight here, and I'm trying to cram it in under a seemingly glasslike surface (It's such a big thematic argument I couldn't even really see it in the first two books) and of course since this is the third and final book in this narrative arc (although I suspect I may revisit this universe at some point) I have a whole buttload of dangling plot threads to tie up.)

But now that I'm here, and I've gotten myself around this story, I'm starting to realize that this task that seemed so daunting--even impossible--is in fact doable, and that I am growing as a writer in ways that hopefully will even make it fun for other people to read.

This is a doable task, and it's not even going to kill me to do it.

Tags: chinese hell of track changes, jacob's ladder, progress notes

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