Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Back on the Hamster Wheel of Revision
After a very relaxing Easter vacation, I am ready to get back to work. I read the historical in one fell swoop and happy to discover it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. But it needs a lot of work -- my seams are showing and I seem to forget that readers cannot read my mind. My narrative arc needs to be tied to the emotional state of my main character. This is a very happy place for me though. Revising. I'm armed with sticky notes, colored pens, a notebook, index cards -- hello office supplies! -- but most importantly, a great love for this story. I hope I won't be on the hamster wheel for too long. Actually, I have a deadline. Seven weeks. Before school lets out for the summer holidays.
Here are some of my favorite books/tools on revision -- some pages it seems I have to read over and over again.
Novel Metamorphosis by Darcy Pattison (her website is very helpful too)
Second Sight by Cheryl Klein
Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
Please share some of your favorite books and tools for revising a novel.