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New revision plans

My personal goal (not new) has been to complete revisions of Mysterious Paris by the end of September. With my current pace (not spending enough time on revision) and plan (multiple passes through the novel, each for different issues), that deadline might as well be next week: it won't happen.

My new plan is to spend more time on the novel, and also to try Holly Lisle's One-Pass Revision method. Although I'll probably do a second quick pass for spelling and grammar.

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yadoking
Jun. 18th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
I'm frankly scared by that method, ever since I took my first NaNo novel, edited twelve pages, and realized I'd cut them down to five.
mmarques
Jun. 18th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
This method gives both things to cut and things to add. What I'll probably do is first make a big monster-file, so I can do a wordcount easily (will also be helpful later for printing).

If my wordcount is under target (especially substantially under target), I'll do 2 passes: the first to look at where I need to add new scenes (e.g. to follow-up on dropped ideas) and/or think about where/how to add more storyline. Then, after I do the new writing, I'll follow that method.

I think it's also possible to increase wordcount by that method (especially if you initially start by writing lean). If a scene doesn't meet the objectives, instead of cutting it, you can look at what you could add to make it fit the objectives of your story (e.g. add conflict, relate it to your main themes, etc).
baggyk
Jun. 18th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the method link. It looks really useful.
mmarques
Jun. 18th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
She has lots of other useful articles. I used her notecard plotting method for my final planning for Mysterious Paris (after I had already worked out the story arc and characters. It's good for fast writing (like insanely trying to write a whole first draft in 30 days), but doesn't leave you as open to new directions/inspiration.
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