I apologize for the radio silence, readers, but you know:
Life has a funny way of doing that.
I’m writing this post mostly to tell you about my editing process that I will be starting in, oh * checks watch * 13 ish days. Let me start off by telling you something.
I am a BAD PERSON. I wasn’t supposed to think about Opus this whole month until I could get my hands on it…but sadly, we all knew that wasn’t going to be a reality. I fluctuate between subconsciously thinking about Opus and my next (and totally different) WIP (more on that later) with the attention span of a caffeinated toddler.
Anyway, with that out of the way. I can talk about how I’ve started to go about this whole revision biznuss (yes I must spell it that way. SHUT UP, I ALREADY ADDED IT TO THE DICTIONARY).
I’m attempting to follow the bare-bones version of the amazing Maggie Stiefvater’s editing advice, found here: http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/164746.html
Let it be known that I am trouble-shooting.
But right off the bat, I knew that I’d have to fix a lot in the beginning of Opus, because, well, you know, beginnings…they’re just so fickle. And plus, you think, oh penmonkeys, you think you know your characters, but at that point, you really don’t. They will be Gandalf to your Bilbo.
They will drag you on adventures whether you damn well like it or not.
That said, I’ll get back to editing.
Using the advice from the ever-wonderful Bitchcicle * glares at other two crit partners…I AM NOT BITTER OR ANYTHING *, I’ve complied a preliminary list of problems and good things and things that make me weep.
Mrs. Stiefvater points out that there really is no MacDaddy of Revision Snakes (see the blog). No part of revision is more important than the others. However, for me, there are problem areas of Opus that are more pressing than others, so I’m attacking those first. I made a list.
I call it: “MacDaddy Revision Snakes to Address”, mostly because I can.
It looks something like this:
- Retooling the beginning for character introduction/development
- Cutting and Connecting (blue)
- Where do action threads need to come through?
- String more threads
- Choose scenes to cut (especially some of the end ones)
- Cutting ‘preview scenes’ and make them transition scenes instead
- Bulking Up Characters (purple)
- Ha ha. Silly readers. Did you think you’d be able to see the characters?
- Nope, sorry darlings, that will have to wait.
- But things that fit here are things like this:
- Stylize Mary’s character arc and define it better
- Note: There is not a single character named Mary in Opus…sorry.
- Un Packing (pink)
- Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, Loves, Hates.
- Ponder about how to expand those statements into something intangible, describing a feeling that punches the gut instead.
- This is probably the most important one, I think.
- Edges (black): (If you’re confused as to what this is, look at the blog post posted in this blog post).
The colors next to them are purely for my own benefit, as these are the pens I’m going to be editing with (they are Micron, for those who have read my first blog post and are wondering).
Anyway, until I get responses from my other two crit partners, this is the list of major edits for the first revision sweep of Opus.
And, as always, the playlist song. This one is from the actual writing playlist and is the song for the fifth scene in Opus, following the trend:
Meld-Merized by Michael Giacchino: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHW9Su4s3L0
Good night, dear readers, and pretend to sleep well.
…wait….* sighs *, Nightvale.