Judging by my recent vacation which unexpectedly doubled in length, apparently Fate decided I needed a break from Project Demo.
Just before I left Bristol, I had finished rewriting my rough draft, and made a six page of list of everything I knew was wrong with it. I took the list with me, and occasionally took it out of my bag and stared at it despondently while I was traveling. But other than that, I left Project Demo alone, didn't even bother to to download the file saved in my email.
I'm hoping all those tropes about absence making the heart grow fonder and seeing more clearly with fresh eyes hold true for me. But in the meantime, after so much time not writing, I'm struggling to figure out how to start writing again, and how to dive into my revision.
Everything in writing is so intricately connected. I thought I could work on streamlining my plot first, so I spent most of yesterday outlining. But it's hard to imagine tackling my plot until all of my characters have clearly defined arcs, which may mean adding, deleting, or changing scenes. Then I decided that all sounded like too much work, and I'd just worry about my setting. Then I realized that any text I added might get revised anyway if my plot and characters changed.
Author Anita Nolan has an excellent article, reprinted on her website, about how to tackle the revision process efficiently, step by step. Even if I'm not sure some of her ideas will work for me, just reading it makes my head feel clearer. It also reminds me that revision is a process. Project Demo won't be thoroughly revised in one day. Or even one month. Bird by bird, as Anne Lamott said.
I think I'll start with one of my major characters and work from there.
Just as soon as I finish blogging, and checking my email, and...
How do you dive into revision?