IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I'VE BLOGGED!
*enjoys looking at all of you*
But I'm back--refreshed, invigorated, and ready for new adventures. While I was blog-cationing, I danced (but not very gracefully--okay, I really kinda plowed) through a third round of revisions on my middle grade novel, and ohhhh, it felt good to get this round finished. For me, revising has felt like ripping apart (make that annihilating) my story. SO MUCH has changed since that first draft. So. Much.
- my story begins in a different scene
- the chapters are ordered differently
- whole chapters were trashed
- new chapters were written
- shiny, new characters were added
- and my story developed a voice
Whew. And that list doesn't include all the changes THOSE changes initiated. Of course, those lovely little bullet points aren't original or new or something you've never done to your own writing, they just allow me to see how far my story has come. I'm beginning to see the beauty through the mess. The water is clearing, so to speak. For me, writing is all about discovering, discovering what works. And focused rounds of revising work for me.
Have you discovered any secrets for traveling through this crazy process?