Revision/Writing Update

Revisions on my fairy tale are going well. I’m it as I go through the big revision class. At present I’m working on finding the promises I made to the reader. It’s slow work but doesn’t seem tedious.

I found one unfulfilled promise having to do with mice, deer, rabbits, and hedgehogs (remember it’s a fairy tale). I thought I wrapped up their reason for existing in the story but I only explained half. These creatures are important enough that leaving their subplot unfinished is a major crime.

I don’t remember what I was thinking when I wrote the scenes but I know I couldn’t write fast enough to keep up with the ideas exploding out of me so I suspect I glossed over the details so I could get to the next part. Plus it was a Nanowrimo project (started in the middle of the month) so there was a looming deadline. One of the downfalls of Nanowrimo is you’re trying so hard to keep up with the word count goals that quality suffers.

I’ve found a few other minor issues but I’m only through the first half of the read through. With Christmas fast approaching I probably won’t finish before the end of the week.

However, Saturday is the day a huge snow storm is moving into my area. It starts with rain late at night and has the possibility of dropping 8-12 inches of snow on Sunday. As deep snow is rare around here no one knows how to handle it and it will be dangerous to be on the roads with all the awful drivers. Then when it stops snowing it is supposed to rain again with freezing temperatures.

In my city snow (that sticks) makes people nervous and they make bad decisions but ice causes mass stupidity. The last time there was any ice they practically shut down the whole town. I expect to hear about over 200 accidents on the news, in the morning alone.

So, staying indoors for three days and working on revisions is much preferred.

As for the story I’ve been working on between lessons there isn’t much progress because of the class. It’s a lot of work and doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing. The plotting is done so when I have a chance to write scenes I will. I’m still excited and think about it often, you know, mental pre-writing. In the shower, while I’m making lunch or dinner, grocery shopping, as I drift off to sleep, etc, it’s on my mind a lot.

“They” say you shouldn’t write and revise at the same time but I don’t know if I can help myself this time.

I probably won’t have another update until the middle of next week. Until then, Merry Christmas, Happy holidays, Happy whatever you celebrate or don’t.

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