I am in the midst of hacking-up my YA Contemporary. I received a list of suggested revisions from my agent back in December, all of which I nodded at, thinking it’d be no problem. I couldn’t have been more wrong. What I thought would be a tiny little tweak in timing and setting has sent ripples the size of tidal waves though my manuscript.
I got to page 109 (it’s 261 pages long) with no problem, then hit a wall. . . a gigantic, steel-reinforce wall that you couldn’t even scale in a video game. Last night, I got tired of staring at that same page, so I flipped to the end, figuring if I couldn’t move forwards, then I’d work my way backwards.
What do you know, by the time I went to bed I’d re-written the three ending chapters, encompassed a new thread, and closed one of the circles I had added in the beginning. Today I think I’ll peek at page 110. If I still can’t move past it, then I’ll move to the end again and start connecting the dots.
So what do you guys do when a revision has you stalled out?