R and R

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No, not rest and relaxation (although I did some of that too!)

 

No: re-plan and re-organize.

 

This last weekend was the Canada Day long weekend for me and I spent the time resting at a secluded spot by the river.  This is a very peaceful spot, completely unplugged, and very private.  I only brought one book (more on that in a few days) that I finished by 4:00 on Saturday.  What can I say: it was good!

 

The novel read, I turned my attention to the novel I am writing!  You see, I wrote the requisite 50,000 words during Camp NaNoWriMo, and almost got the book done (as it turns out, there’s only five chapters to go!)  As usual for a NaNo project, the words felt like they lacked a certain… punch.  The novel was lagging and the reviews I’d received from my critique group had given me pause.  I finally decided that the novel needed a little bit of re-thinking.

 

Nothing major, of course, just re-organizing some scenes into different chapters, changing some points of view, and adding some scenes where I felt like they were needed.

 

I managed to get down to 26 chapters (from 32), deleted about six scenes, and tightened some others up.  All told, it was several hours of work, but the basic framework should now be (relatively) solid.  I’m sure that things will change as I continue to re-work and get feedback, but I feel like I’ve clarified things a lot, even if only for myself.

 

The novel itself still needs a little lot of work, but at least I have a map for the editing adventure that will soon be upon me!  Now… to get to that little detail…

 

How did you spend your weekend?

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6 Responses to R and R

  1. A blog post: I did some reorganizing this weekend! And it’s not what you think… http://t.co/S95F7FaD

    • Danni says:

      I spent the weekend house sitting…and actually got quite a bit accomplished. Finished some critiques and a short story. Edited said short story and sent out to beta readers (should have back by tomorrow or wednesday, when I will rework one more time before submitting) and started another short story and the first chapter of a collaboration novel that I’ve been putting off for far too long.

      Missed you at the nano meet, but glad you had time to rework your novel ^^

      • Candice says:

        I missed you guys too! Unfortunately, my absence was meant to be. i hope you all didn’t miss me too much!

        I’m glad to hear that you got a lot accomplished: that sounds very exciting. What’s the short story about?

        • Danni says:

          It’s a dark fantasy about a girl basically being tortured…It’s a little hard to explain without completely giving away the twist at the end, but I think it’s one of my best pieces ever. My beta readers really loved it, so I’m hopeful that it will be accepted.

          As for missing you, I’m just saying, but I don’t think anyone bothered to pick a stick, never mind beat it. ^.~

          • Candice says:

            Nobody picked a stick?! The horror!

            But your story sounds kind of cool, if dark. Some of my best ones are dark too, though I know not why. Such is writing I guess!

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