You know me, I’m a mad scientist when I’m not writing, doing experiments every day. But this time around I’m trying an experiment with revisions on A Paranormal Bromance, which you might remember was my NaNoWriMo novel last year. Or maybe not, since it was NaNo, and who has time to write then?
As I wrote aPB, I knew I was going to have to rewrite at least one of my main character’s voices, possibly both. I also noted a ton of structural problems, some because I’ve had the same problems in the past. And then I knew there were things I wanted to add throughout the novel and characters that needed to change. Knowing that the way I usually edit might not be effective for these edits, I decided to try something new.
For aPB, I’m rewriting the book from scratch in a notebook. I have the original on the Kindle, and I’ll admit to referring to it a lot, but by writing out even the sentences, paragraphs, and scenes I want to keep intact, I still force myself to look at each sentence, paragraph, and scene and think about it, the way that I sometimes don’t while writing the first draft because I might be in the zone, or even just plodding along to get words down (because, let’s face it, it was NaNo). It’s also easier to cut something and fix that cut when writing it anew, as opposed to trying to squeeze transition or info into lines that are already there on the screen. For me, it’s just a mindset thing. If I’m already rewriting it, it’s easier to change or add to it, at least in my brain.
I haven’t gotten to a part where I have to add more than a line or a feeling or descriptive details, so I don’t know how well this experiment will work there, but I’m excited to find out.
At the very least, this helps me change the voice and to create stronger sentences and paragraphs, so no matter what, I see it as a great exercise.
According to my Kindle, I am currently 13% done, but that’s a bogus number, because it will depend on what I add or subtract. I’m also debating a plot/characterization point, and I’m sort of at a standstill until I decide it, but I don’t think that will last long. Worst case scenario, I’ll flip a coin
Anyway, I’m excited to see where this new experiment leads me. It feels productive right now, but we’ll see how I feel at 30% or 50% or 80% when the end looks so close, but so far.
What revision techniques do you use? Do you rewrite or revise within the same document you wrote the novel in?
Lots of love,Sage