Hello again, dreamers. It’s been a long haul, but as of last night, my most recent full revision is complete. It went much better than I’d expected, which is either very good or very bad. But regardless, it is done, and I feel I have a much more polished work of fiction to show for it.
Now, I will rest. I’ll put in some time on my short fiction, keep up with my posts, engage with fellow writers on Twitter, and overall take a partial breather. But next week, the journey begins again. That said, here’s where I stand on my work-in-progress:
Well, at long last, the full revision is complete. I’ve made a light editing pass through all three phases of the novel written so far, and as I said I feel good about what I’ve done. As it turns out, Phase 3 was every bit the tangled mess I feared it would be: odd wording, massive run-on sentences, and scores of typos and grammatical errors. But I believe I’ve caught most of them, and cleaned things up quite a bit.
The one lingering concern I have is the possible, eventual need to remove subplots. I worry that there’s too much going on at times, that things are far too busy. I’ve also begun to wonder if I did too much to reveal the eventual climax prior to the event itself. It may be far more impactful if its sudden, and removing that subplot would greatly reduce the word count, opening up more space for me to deal with the conclusion. I will think about this over the coming days, and perhaps do some experimental reworking to see how it feels. I admit, part of my interest in removing this subplot stems from the fact that many of the passages associated with it are still a mess, so much so that I’m having a hard time seeing how I might clean them up.
Once my break is over, Phase 4 will begin. I thought long and hard about this; normally, I like to take things slow during the month of December, spending time with friends and family and reflecting on what I’ve accomplished over the past year. But this year, no. I must see this through. I’ve come too far on this, have too clear an image of the path forward, to step away for a month.
I have a lot to think about. I have even more left to do. But I’m ready. I’ve come this far. I know I can make it a bit further. Keep reading, and dare to dream. – MK