Wednesday, September 15, 2010
WORDY WEDNESDAY: Drafts & Revisions
Working, working, working to meet my editor's September 20 deadline. These are not the big-picture revisions of the first pass, but finer corrections (word choices, some cuts, etc.). Still, being the plodder that I am, I read through the ms again and again, making sure that each change feels organic--that the characters are still true to themselves on every page. Gotta say, while the first revision was bigger, this pass is harder going sometimes. Maybe it's because this one feels more final. I start thinking to myself, "This is what my novel is going to say," and then I kind of (well, totally) panic.
One outcome of this panic's concurrency with the time crunch of back-to-school is that I have stopped drafting all of my blog posts in Word, revising them, and the copying them into Blogger. Yup, I've started winging it. I mean, naturally I proofread before hitting "publish" but I do just start at the "new post" box and let it rip. I'm wondering if this will affect the tone of what I write. Or even the topics I choose. Regardless, with one book nearing the revision finish-line and my fingers itching to get back to revising my NEXT novel, I just can't handle any more drafting in my life. (Okay, truth, I've already written the next two HONORARIUM posts (Mondays) in Word but OTHERWISE...)
Do you draft and revise your posts? Pre-write them? Plan ahead? Or are we winging it together?