Posted tagged ‘rewriting’

What I’m Doing in the Study

January 22, 2014

Here’s the recipe:

  1. Take one tightly-coupled plot with four interwoven PoVs.
  2. Decide, after two of those threads are completely done and a third is coming up on the Act 3 break, to rearrange the plot so the threads end at the same time.
  3. Realize that the two completed threads are the ones that need to be rearranged, because they are the ones that require less calendar time.
  4. Break several subplots into tiny pieces and rearrange them, adjusting on the fly for new developments that arise in the rewriting.

I never solved Rubik’s Cube, but for some reason I feel confident I can handle this. The first 100K words of this operation have gone surprisingly well.

More anon.

Hardcore revisions: a method

August 29, 2011

You already know how fascinated I am by the creative process and how different artists get things done. Over on her blog, Leona Wisoker is in the process of detailing the method she’s using–and the actual practice–of digging back into a story she trunked a long time ago, with the intent of raising it to her current standard. The project has been under way for almost a week, and it’s fun to see what she’s doing with it: not least with the ways she keeps things both fresh and disciplined, remembering to feed the artist at work.

The writers among you will surely find ideas worth stealing. For everyone interested in such things, it’s a cool lens into an artist’s process.

Getting ready for the last draft of War-Lord

March 11, 2011

I’ve been away from the study for a few months because things have been so action-packed in the office. Meanwhile Ellion and his problems haunt me. He whispers in my ear when I’m doing layouts and eBook designs on other people’s books. Not writing is becoming an ache, and before long there will be no choice about it.

This morning I was struck by the realization that a critical plot point may unfold in a very different way on this final draft. It would change little in terms of plot but have huge impact on meaning. And now that I’m aware of the possibility of this other course of action, I am tormented by not knowing what Ellion will actually do.

I won’t know until I get to that chapter on the final draft.

It’s not that I don’t know how the book will end. I’m just a little fuzzy on what will happen in the middle. This is going to make me crazy until I can get back to the study for a good extended run.