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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?