Apparently I am more fond of making plans than I am of following them. On the other hand, planning can be done everywhere, and writing… cannot. Plus I haven’t had the necessary brain power, energy, focus or anything, really, to write for the past few weeks. Busy doesn’t even cover it. (Somehow we started talking about the number of jobs that I have, followed by a discussion of whether homework is good or bad, in my German class today, which led to this gem from one of my students: “If Catrine can survive everything, we can handle a bit of homework.” It was amusing.)
Aaaanyway. It’s clearly not just that class that was filled with digressions today…
I have made a new editing plan! This time I have even done some research! (Wow.) Also, I have edited. A little bit. Most of my research comes from the eminent blog of Rachel Aaron/Bach at Pretentious Title, who both writes books that I love, AND has perhaps the most useful writing blog I have ever encountered. There is something to be said about taking advice from people who write the kind of books you like to read, I think… Also I got some advice from Holly Lisle, whose advice I have read for years now and who has a blog post about one-pass editing. Perhaps the most useful advice from these two was that there is no editing process that works for everyone, and because of that, I have picked a little bit from both.
The magnificent plan, v. 4 (or something)
- Take the timeline and write down all the new stuff (that you know of), both big and small. DONE
- Find the old scene overview. DONE.
- Make a new scene map over the current story after the changes. DONE.
- Note down theme and a short summary of the story. DONE… sort of. Will probably have to do again.
- Write down everything you can think of that you need to fix, round 1. DONE. (But will need to be updated as I think of more things)
- Split up the Scrivener file by scene (currently the entire chapters are together) in chapter folders, to make it easier to move scenes around.
- Write the new scenes that are missing from the current draft. I have actually written one of these!
- Triple check that the ending works – something bugs me about it.
- Go through what the generals are doing this whole time, when they’re not shown in the story. Make sure they seem like they normally know what they’re doing…
- Write down the questions that need answering, and answer them. Does everything make sense?
- Plot routes and cities on map to check that they’re not using two days to a place to which it takes two weeks or months to travel to, or vice versa.
- Write the next draft.
- Read through and write down everything you see that needs to be fixed.
- Rewrite again
- Repeat the last two as needed.
As usual the “just a few” steps turned into quite a few, but I am more optimistic about this plan than the previous ones. It took me a few rounds to find something I think will work and which fits the way I work (without necessarily doing everything chronologically).
We will see! Considering I have already done a few steps on it, I think it is promising.