IT. IS. FINALLY. HERE.
Readers, can I tell you how hard it was to not look at the pages of my novel in print? Quite hard. Almost as difficult as those dreams where you’re really thirsty and there’s a bottle of water in front of you, but every time you reach for it, it moves farther away.
Anyway…(I hate those dreams!)
Today I started editing Opus. Now some of you may be thinking, “now what does that quite mean?”
Let me tell you.
It started with me reading most of the book in one fell swoop just to look at it because I wanted to. Then, I had an idea of what I wrote in the first place. Can you guess what I did next?
If you thought: “oh, of course, she re-outlined”, you would be 200% right!
I completely re-outlined Opus. Why? Well, because I wanted to make the storyline into more of a box that I could hold in my hands and peer at intently. Also, it helps me see things like this:
- Boring parts where characters do nothing but blab to each other
- Sections where the confusion was so thick, you could eat it with a spoon
- Chapters where it’s all action and no character development
And that’s just a taste of the things that I realized. Now I’m onto the second step….can anybody guess what that is?
Re-re outlining! (for why I’m doing this, see the blog of the Mighty Wendigo, since it’s his advice I’m following).
Now that I’ve figured out what goes on in this version of Opus, I can go through, decide what to cut and then decide what to replace it with. That in turn becomes the re-re outline, or as I’ll call it: the draft 2 outline.
So far, the reception that I’m getting from my critique partners is mostly positive (so, for any beta readers perusing this blog, that hopefully means good things in your futures).
However, I have found plot lines and characters to axe, plot threads to disentangle, points to un-subtext, text to make subtext, and (most importantly) characters to make feel tingly ways about other characters.
In short, it’s going to be work. But it’s going to be fun.
And now, the music.
From the Opus writing playlist:
God Particle by Hans Zimmer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=572CmMA6-Rk
I really love Hans Zimmer, he’s kind of great.
Stay tuned later for periodic updates….