Bad me: I am spending a lot more time reading blogs on revising than actually putting post it and red pen to paper.
Good me: I am turning up some gems! I felt completely overwhelmed and unable to clean up my messy ms this time last week, but now the excitement is creeping back in.
I think I really needed to let the thing sit a little longer.
This week I will try:
Replacing ‘telling’ in dialogue with ‘action plus a bit of inner monologue’
I found some Inception-sized, Russian-doll-nesting past events in my story. When I arrange the scenes chronologically, the tension just disappears. Or deflates. ‘Pllllth.” I decided to pay attention to my current reads, and see how kickass writers handle this kind of a thing. Did you know… in Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon rocks the flashback-within-a-flashback right where I was going to start doing so- chapta two! Chabon is awesome, therefore I feel it is ok for me to go ahead and try this out. (Results may vary, haha…)
I have noticed that all this writing and revising is making me a more attentive reader. I am better able to articulate why I find certain scenes and phrases Just! So! Awesome!
Little things occur to me that I would probably have overlooked before; for example, my character in the play I am rehearsing refers to other characters by name, but at no point does she actually learn their names from dialogue onstage.
Baby steps, right?