I'm reading, teaching a workshop on writing YA novels, and participating in a panel on publishing with Janette Rallison and Lisa McMann. It's going to be exciting, but kind of scary, too.
So, that's my excuse for not posting more revised chapters since Tuesday. Pretty good, excuse. But it's not the truth.
The truth is blogging a revision is kind of impossible. But I promised I'd do it, and I love getting to chat with you all. The chapters I've posted so far are from my first read through. I focused on titling the chapters and poems, filling in Michael's dive logs, adding stage direction to the dialogue, remembering to put Leesie's ring on her finger, and fixing continuity errors.
And it worked for awhile, but then I found problems that I needed to go back and fix in the beginning. But I still needed to read through to the end to find all the problems. Aaaaaah! Tear out my hair.
I'm not good at multi-tasking. I can only focus on so many things when I work back through a manuscript. My revision process is all about layering. Reading through and fixing one thing, then going back over it and fixing something else. Each time I read through, I check for errors, try to polish the language more, and keep the voice true. With every read through I try to focus the picture better and better.
So after I posted on Tuesday, I surged ahead without you. I read through to the end and realized I need to go back and build Leesie's secret from Michael better--from the very beginning.
Then I need to go back through and try to visualize every scene. Can I see them moving? What are they wearing? Then I need to add scents and sounds.
I want to read through with the blog open and check all your comments.
And then I need to read it one more time--out loud--to test the language and polish.
I can't blog that layering. I don't want to post "revised" chapters without it. What to do? What to do?
I know you're all waiting for the finished book, and this dilemma is blocking me up.
So, here's my plan. I'm going to hide away out of sight for a few days (sorry!) and work through the whole novel several times. At this point, I need to see the whole thing, uninterrupted. (I'm sure you feel the same way!)
When I get close to a final draft, I'll post it all again--in big long chunks. Deal? Thanks so much. You've all been incredibly patient and supportive.
This journey has been amazing for me. I usually loathe trying to write the first draft of a novel. It's so lonely. You guys changed that. I'd love to find a publisher who would let me write every novel here on the blog with your feedback spurring me on and helping me shape each new scene.
I usually have tons of energy for revision. I need to find that so I can finish this novel and get the printed book in your hands.
If you guys want, I could post the rest of this intermediary draft, so you can compare it with the finished one. Should I? I did promise to include you in everything. Okay. Here goes. All in one huge swoop.
I’ve a good feeling about you, too.”