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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
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Link Salad and revisions and mental process and Schtuff.

Astronomical Diamonds here and here (these are obviously rip-and-cuts from the same wire story, alas.)

I told you my bra felt like it was designed by the Army Corps.

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Dayvid Figler is a Las Vegas judge who is also a local radio commentator. He--from the distance of our relationship across the airwaves--seems to me a humane cynic, a compassionate curmudgeon, and generally the sort of person I'd like to know.

You should listen to his take on juvenile offenders being tried as adults.

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Wound up getting through a bunch more pages of The Stratford Man over the last couple of days, despite near-obsessive cat waxing. I've completely lost track of what page I'm on because I'm working off of Hannah's non-MS-format printout currently, but Hannah's notes are really sharp (as always) and I'm almost done with Act III. Which means (goes to look at MS format manuscript) oh, look, I'm on page 641 out of 1141 pages. I'm halfway done. (I have a small pile of edited pages here that need to be input, and I've cut close to twenty pages in total length despite adding approximately ten pages of narrative, so all in all I think this is a successful rewrite so far.

The heavy rolling revisions on the first draft (which mean that first and second draft more or less happen at the same time, and third draft becomes an exercise in tuning and twiddling and oh-I'd-better-establish-this and where-did-that-glaring-plot-hole-come-from?) are work then, but a nice thing come rewrite time.

It's another way in which all the things that I do contradict the Good Advice for Writers. I am a freak. A freak, and you should not model your work habits after mine, because mine include most of the things that are allegedly destructive to writers. I do all the following Bad Things: (1) Talk about books in progress, in great detail and sometimes obsessively. In fact, I can't write them unless I talk about them (2) Rewrite and revise (sometimes drastically) before I've finished the draft (3) Seek feedback as an ongoing process, before I've finished the draft.

The down side to all this is that once I've actually finished a draft and gotten it into a shape that feels good in my head (which is when I call it a draft) it's really difficult for me to gut the whole thing and start over, because it feels *finished* to me. I can add and subtract, revise and tune and twiddle--but redrawing is very, very hard for me, because the structure of the book has crystallized in my mind. (This my ongoing fight with the Evil That Is Bridge.) The upside is, well, I get very clean drafts.

Of course, once I show it to Jenn, she'll find stuff that neither I not my betareaders saw. But that's because she's good at her job.

My goal is to quit screwing around and finish by Monday night.

Oh, and I think today is the anniversary of some massacre in Chicago or something. I'm too lazy to look it up. *g*
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