Monday, 26 May 2014

Another Revision Milestone Reached

Last night I finished writing out the 'one index card per scene' exercise for my first draft. (I'm following Susan Dennard's Revision Guide.) And I learned that writing a complete scene - with a protagonist, antagonist, scene goal and scene conflict - is something I need to learn how to do properly. The number of scenes that I wrote without a true conflict in them were an eye-opener.

Monday, 19 May 2014

A birthday, a break, and back to revision.

It was my birthday last week and I was whisked away on a surprise trip. Thankfully, I was warned a couple of days in advance so that I had time to pack. The revision work came with me, but remained in its bag untouched for the duration of the trip away.

But now I'm back and I've started writing out the index cards for each scene, noting protagonist, antagonist, scene goal and scene conflict as per the instructions in Lesson 2 of Susan Dennard's revision guidebook.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Revision, the second draft, & lessons learned.

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I've finished the read-through and note-taking for the first draft. Yay! It took 15 days in total, but I didn't do it in 15 consecutive days. I did one 5K section at a time, just as I did when I fast-drafted. I learned a lot from the process which I'd like to share here.

  1. Fast drafting WORKS. I wrote things into my story that I would never have thought of if I'd plotted it all out beforehand. A plot blueprint would have kept my focus in specific places, whereas the freedom that came from following Jami Gold's beatsheets and using the fast drafting method meant that my subconscious could direct the flow much more. Fast drafting was tough, but it was so worth it.