I haven’t made any New Year Resolutions, nor set any more unrealistic goals – still embarrassed about the last ones I declared! Not only can I not work whilst travelling, I also can’t work on more than one writing project as a time. So, no novella for Christmas … blush … sigh …
Dragon Sworn progresses at a glacial pace. By Christmas, I sat on the cusp of Lesson 17 of Holly Lisle’s ‘How to Revise a Novel’ course. This ‘write-in’ stage was murder when I did it for Taniel, but so worth it. At this level, one works with a single page from the working pile, which consists of no more than one scene at a time.
Each typed page has already been marked with revision codes. Now, the relevant worksheets need studying – do those corrections, breakthroughs, and brilliant new ideas I had, so long ago, still make sense. I chop out unwanted bits, write new words, sentences, paragraphs, and whole scenes – by hand. I move bits around by physically cutting and sticky-taping in new position. When done, each page goes on the cut pile, even if all I’ve done is add a comma.
Only perfect pages go on the perfect pages pile. I laughed when I stuck the placeholder for them on my desk – there will be no perfect pages, not this time. I decided to wait until after the festive season to start.
On Monday 6th January, 2020, I begin the final rewrite. I still believe I’ll manage an April/May publishing date.
May 2020 be all YOU want it to be.