Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Revision time

Been toiling on the second draft of my book that's set right here in Texas. Three areas in particular that I had to work on. In one case, I needed to increase the role of a particular crucial character. In another, I'll work on tweaking a love triangle a little more. (ouch!) And in a third, I needed to make a revelation/secret a little bigger. A little more worthy of its function in the story.

Last night I finally got the hang of what I needed to do. I swear, sometimes I just sit there, staring at the page hoping for that great inspiration to strike. And sometimes... nothing... birds chirping... crickets... Last night I realized I already had the hints for what I wanted imbedded in the story; I just needed to do more with them.

Has that happened to anyone else? Did you ever realize (ala Dorothy and those red slippers) that you had the answer all the time but just didn't know where to look?

Guess that question could apply to lots of things, not just novel revision. Huh! Didn't see that one coming.

Anyone want to chime in? Writing or otherwise, have you ever found that you knew the answer all along, it just never occurred to you?

Other than that, it's Tuesday. Taught Rime of the Ancient Mariner today. Got my geek girl self excited that I remembered that Mary Shelley had quoted it in Frankenstein. Cool, eh? Okay, maybe not. But hey, gotta put that crazy expensive NU education to work somewhere. Might as well be at, well, work.

And on a completely unrelated note, let me say that Chai Green Tea is a delightful new flavor I've discovered. If you plop two bags in a large mug of water and microwave for 2 minutes then a squirt or two of honey, tis delightful. yummmmm.

Til next time...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

fyi..if you ever need a 15-16 yr old to read something for your writing or to bounce ideas off of..Josh would love to. he is reading some series..he likes to read series a bunch. beck