I still exist even though I haven’t been around as much as usual. I’ve been plotting. Not to take over the world, I’m not as smart as Pinkie, let alone the Brain!
I’ve been plotting a new story. It’s going really well. So of course I’m going to stop working on it.
Sound stupid? It is, but I have a great reason. I’m going to start another writing class, this time about revision. I know how to revise, I’ve done it many times. The problem is my main experience is with short stories, especially flash fiction. While I know how to revise in general, I’ve never done so with a complete novel length story.
After taking the How To Think Sideways course by Holly Lisle I got a good discount on any other classes of hers. She opened up the How To Revise Your Novel course and since it’s a 22 week class it’s only available to sign up for once a year. It might open up for a second round if she gets enough people on the waiting list but I wasn’t willing to risk it. When I saw the deadline to sign up was my birthday (tomorrow) I decided it was a perfect gift so I dove in.
Why on earth would I take a writing/revision class after twenty years of writing? Because I lied, I’m smarter than Pinkie and I know I need it. For too long I would edit and revise as I wrote, which is a huge mistake. I couldn’t seem to help myself. I saw imperfection and I had to fix it. A few years ago I started doing Nanowrimo and broke the editing habit, mostly.
To no one’s surprise, once I stopped tinkering as I wrote, I was able to write a complete novel length first draft in a month. Wonderful yes, but then I discovered another problem. I didn’t know what I was doing anymore. I changed the way I wrote, which is actually a change in the way I think. So now what?
I was afraid to touch the manuscript. I didn’t want to fall back into my old way of doing things. Then I got the email about the class starting up and I figured I should try it. I don’t know if I’ll end up doing revision the exact same way the instructor does. In fact, it’s likely I’ll change it up. However, this will add another item to my toolbox and could be the best thing I’ve ever done for my writing.
The course will be hard work, or so I’ve been told by others who’ve taken it. Each of them said it was worth it.
It’s why I’ll be putting my exciting new story to the side for now. If I am able to work on it between lessons (which are released once a week) I will. The plotting is mostly finished. I have a strong beginning and the ending I think I want. Most of the middle is roughed out but I don’t have many transitions figured out. Hopefully it will marinate in the back of my mind and be ready to be written when I am able.
I’ll keep you all updated on my progress with revision of my fairy tale story (my Nanowrimo project) since it is the one I’m using for the class.
I would say wish me luck but I don’t need it. I’m going to work my butt off to make my novel great!
Important sidenote: Bluebell Ice Cream is officially on the shelves again where I live as of today. Since Bluebell is life in Texas don’t be surprised if you see random love notes to the best ice cream on the planet from me. For those of you who don’t live in the south, you’re missing out. For those of you who live in my part of the world, I know you’re mentally jumping for joy with me!