Wednesday, June 22, 2011

No Page Untouched

Not a single chapter in my YA Speculative Fiction manuscript will go untouched in this final round of revisions.  Are they major character and plot edits?  Not entirely, but each small tweak sends ripples through the the rest of the manuscript, meaning no chapter, no scene, no page can go unrevised.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't apprehensive, nervous that I will go too far in one direction or not pull back far enough on another.  S'okay though.  I got my revision emergency bag handy.  The Contents:  5lbs of freshly ground coffee beans and Almond Joy coffee creamer, brand new toner for the laser printer,  a rather large bag of M&M's, and a red pen.  Oh yes . . . and a kick-ass writing partner who's head is always in the game.  Not like mine :)

So for those of you who are also neck deep in revisions, tell me what gets you through the process, and I will add it to my bag of tricks.

8 comments:

  1. I feel like I wrote this post!

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  2. I love your emergency bag! Great idea. No brilliant ideas here--though something that really helped me was laying out a calendar so that the days in my MS made sense. Good luck!

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  3. Yes, I'll be joining you on this trip. I wouldn't make it through without my writing partner either.

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  4. Yerba Mate. It works much like coffe w/o the negative side effects. It alerts you, but its not habit forming and ITS A HUNGER SUPPRESSANT! Lots of diet pills have Yerba Mate as the main ingredient. It's native of Argentina, my home land. I grew up drinking it, and now...I go through it like crazy! Especially when reviewing!
    S.B. Niccum
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  5. Wait! You forgot the red wine and the cell phone for the bazillions of calls I'm making to you daily. Now your emergency bag is complete! I can't wait to see what the bag will look like when we're on submission:)

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  6. I know exactly what you mean when you say those changes ripple through your manuscript--uugh! What works for me when those ripples becomes snags: long, meditative showers, walks, zoning out while driving, and of course, Ben and Jerry's. ;)

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  7. What gets me through--dark chocolate with chili peppers. Happy revising right along with you.

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