Friday, February 18, 2011

Revision decision

Hello to my new blogger and crusader buddies. I will be visiting soon.

So, I'm working hard on my revisions. I decided to go back and change the direction of my story which meant I needed to write in two chapters, cut two, and seriously consider cutting more (which also needs to be done to my beginning, but that's for the next round.) I do need to delete some things, and tweak chapters that have been revised, but this new direction re-writes the end. Yeah, so-- testing my patience, but I think it might be good. I hope. Once I write this second ending, I'm hoping my CPs will want to read it. I feel super bad making them read it again, but I can't decide. My feeling is the new way is the way it should go, but how can I be sure?

The other problem I'm having is my new stuff. I'm lovin' my new ideas. I can't wait to write them (the MCs keep showing themselves to me.) I keep writing scenes totally out of order as they come to me. I have outlines, but revisions keep distracting me.

Does anyone have this problem? Can't put your full self into new projects because your revisions are blocking you.

Any advice on this?

I should be thankful that I have lots of ideas. I just need to focus on getting one thing done. Hopefully, I'll get to get some writing done today. I'm going out to write. That's right not my normal, sneak it in while the little guy sleeps. Should be interesting and fun.

Have a wonderful weekend!

22 comments:

  1. I've had a similar problem lately. I have a character I want to change completely, and I have a few ideas for how to do that, but I just can't figure out which one is going to work best for the story.

    I'm currently revising one WIP and writing another at the same time. I've never tried it before but I'm enjoying it at the moment.

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  2. I think changes are worth if it's going to make your story stronger or more marketable. And those are hard to tell! While I'm revising now my mind is wandering with new ideas. I open a folder and jot them down. Or I revise during the day and devote an hour or so at night for the new work. Good luck! And lots of ideas are great!

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  3. I think Laura's advice is good--schedule your writing time, devoting some to each project. Even during revision, you find holes that need new material drafted for it, so keeping your "new ideas" muscles well toned helps.

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  4. i'm with you. i really can only concetrate on one project at a time. Which means if i'm going to write something new, everything else needs to be put in a drawer

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  5. I most definitely have that problem. And I'm not the best one for advice because it took me MONTHS to be able to focus on a new project. :-)

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  6. I rewrote my entire book from beginning to end minus the first chapter so I know what you're going through. And yes, I've a problem getting past revisions until they are done. Call it OCD or whatnot.

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  7. Christine I had the same problem. I'm not even going to attempt to finish my new project until I have the revisions done on this one. But for me part of the problem is one is light and airey and fun and the other is dark and twisted, really hard to write. And going back and forth is a PAIN.
    bethfred.com

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  8. I used to keep new works and edits separate until last year. Once I was sure I had the voice of my new WIP, I felt confident to do both.

    Good luck. Have a great weekend!

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  9. I'm currently editing a 'finished' manuscript for the kabillionth time and working on a new WIP. The voices, characters, setting, and genre are completely different, so it hasn't caused problems.

    As far as CPs are concerned, I'm sure mine can quote parts of my 'finished' manuscript by now, but they're not complaining, yet. :-)

    Natasha

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  10. Go with your gut on the revisions, that's the best you can do. And at least your CP's have made it clear they like your writing? I don't think you need to worry about sending it to them again and again. That's what they're there for. It's not a one time deal~ :)

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  11. I was the other way around. Normally I love revisions, but the mc of my new wip keep demanding I write her story. And a number of times her voice kept slipping into the ms I was editing.

    One of my CPs has already told me I'll have to resend her the new wip once she's finishing "critting" it. She's gotten too caught up in the story that she's forgotten to crit it. Fortunately that's not a problem for my other CP.

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  12. I think if I were you, because I have been from time to time, I think I would set aside the revisions and write everything down that I could on the new idea. Until you can't write anymore. Then go back to the revisions and perhaps you'll see it all with a clearer eye and some time and distance to figure out the ending.

    And yay for writing outside. Brings a whole other perspective to it.

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  13. I hope you actually got some writing done today! It was great to meet you.

    My completed rough draft is simmering on a back burner before I can even consider revising it. After all, I had two shiny new ideas clamoring for my attention. That first novel will be waiting for me when I'm ready to go back and revise it with fresh eyes.

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  14. Wow,

    You've been busy. You sound like me. My first novel has gone through major edits like your is. I am on the final edit know.... I hope.

    Have you left your edits for a while? It's good to write something new and leave a ms for a while. When you go back you'll have fresh eyes.

    After over a year of edits, I left it for two months and now I back. It's amazing how much easier this edit is going.

    Good luck, Christine ... you'll figure it out.

    Michael

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  15. Ohmygosh - this is the exact same problem I was having - I wrote two first chapters of two different novels while revising one I'm trying to query soon (oh and I have another one that's about two-thirds finished). I finally decided to take each one and FINISH what I started. I'm on revisions. Then, when I feel that I can't do anything else with it (ha), I'll finish my other. In the meantime, as ideas come to me for my other two, I jot them down. Much more manageable.

    Good luck - and one of my CP's says that I have a totally fabulous problem - too many ideas. Enjoy it. I love it when my head spins with so many new story lines. :)

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  16. ...good morning, Christine:)

    Whenever I find myself bound up with edits and scribblings, I've learned to set the edit aside...rolling with the punches. Let's face it, if those new ideas aren't tended to, they'll simply gnaw on your thoughts until dwelt with anyway, making the task of editing far more difficult.
    That's the beauty of writing...everyday reveals a path never traveled:)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your thoughts. You're a great friend:)

    EL

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  17. This does happen to me. I tend to get tunnel vision and the revision process only makes it worse. Good luck.

    Also, I'm stopping by as a fellow crusader and new follower. On to the first challenge!

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  18. Wow, I donno how to help but good luck with all your revisions!

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  19. Revisions are important, but you don't want to forget those new ideas. I pretty much make an outline of the new ideas, detail them as much as possible and then head back to the current WIP. When I'm ready, I can go back to the new idea outline and I already have the info there.

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  20. Yeah, I am supposed to be revising, but I feel like I'm so close to the end (which I'm not really, but I'm far closer than I used to be :D) that I'm now starting to slack off. ;) I do have a plan tough, for how to approach this next round of revisions. Make sure every scene in my novel is actually necessary for moving the plot forward. Cut anything that isn't. ;)

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  21. I have new ideas flowing in faster than I can write about them. It is a wonderful feeling but at the same time frustrating because you can't get everything out as fast as you would like to. Fellow crusader and follower saying Hi!

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  22. I am also anxious to move on to a new project - so many ideas in my head - but I am in the middle of a major revision, and I am compelled to finish it first. It's hard!!

    I'm a fellow crusader and new follower - nice to meet you!

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