It’s finally happening. I’m at the end of preparing for rewrite. I celebrated early, dancing around until I was dizzy(er). After all, this past Mardi was Gras. Inevitably, Mercredi des Cendres rolled in; bringing clarity and sobriety. I was forced to remember that though I was at an end, it merely heralded the real beginning.
To get a feel for the size of the rewrite task, I broke out my two manuscripts – the one with the copious editor’s critique notes and the commented one that I intend to revise into. I swear I heard them ‘thud’ as I pulled them up on the screen. Each at four hundred and two pages, more than one hundred fifteen thousand words; the behemoths seemed primed to squash me.
Even so, I chose to be undaunted. I briefly revisited my two guides (referred to in this post). Then I scrolled back to the beginning sections of my artifacts doc; and attempted to reacclimate myself to the story. WTF? More dancing – I had unexpectedly placed myself at the beginning of my path into the rewrite. Here’s the plan:
- First things first – breathe! …And recharge my creativity. Take time to revel in gratitude and appreciation for having come so far. This time last year, I didn’t even know that what I’d spent a year writing was merely a first draft. The year’s growth alone is much to be thankful for.
- Finish the storyboard. Only three scenes to go.
- Close the manuscripts and leave them until after I’ve thoroughly reviewed my guides. Give myself time for a refresher on storycraft.
- Ease into the rewrite by starting with my elevator pitch, short synopsis and long synopsis. For me, this seems to be a perfect spot to address them. Not only am I checking off items I will need, working on them at this point helps me ease into rewriting the story. I might even try a query letter! Yeah, I know – bass akwards. A query letter without a finished manuscript. But – I can tweak it while I’m rewriting.
- Review the character and plot descriptions to refresh my memory; and update them as necessary to bring them into agreement with the outline and storyboard.
- Rewrite! Woo hoo! I should be well into the first chapters by the time the second session of Row80 starts.
#ROW80 update, 03/13/2011:
- Goal 1: Completed the outline and story board addressing the issues from the editorial critique of my original manuscript. Yay! On the down side, it took two months longer that I thought it would. For the rest of this session my goal is now easing myself into rewriting.
- Goal 2: Did far less than 3 hours writing per day this week. I could blame it on big distractions, but I won’t. I just didn’t get it done.
- Goal 3 – Haven’t missed a post!
How are things wrapping up for you?