Well, okay, so it’s not that regular. My 30 days is more like 3 months.
But hey, that just means 3 months of (intermittent) books, yes? That’s not a bad thing.
Anyway, I’ve had quite a weekend. I went, in the course of about a day, from flitting indecisively (but with enthusiasm, let’s give me that much) between three separate projects, writing about the same on a daily basis from each –you’d think I would have learned from the last time I tried to pull of this sort of schizophrenic multitasking operation that it never works, but I am not a fast learner that way– to doing a complete 180, and starting something new.
Or something old, to be more accurate. I’m doing a genre-switch rewrite of an older MS. Am I crazy?
But this is hands-down my favorite MS ever, and the notion that I can go back to it and give it another breath of life is… well, suffice to say, it makes me happy.
So: Step 1 of The Insanity. I’m dropping every structural document I had going before, and writing them again. (There is a reason I’m calling this The Insanity, after all.) Yes, this means new spreadsheets, new synopsis, new hook — new everything. Eventually new scenes, new chapters, new manuscript.
So here I am. I’d be farther along, but I was knocked down by a migraine for a day or so.
Step — er, 1.1, I guess, since I just used 1…
The Scene Spreadsheet
Much like the Plot Graph, actually, except it includes the chapter, location, character lists, scene-purpose, and, soon after this, notes about how to revise for The Switch. Eventually I will indeed assign numbers to these things and make myself a pretty line graph, mostly because I just can’t help myself. I’ll also, not too far from now, start color coding these scenes depending on what plots and sub plots they’re attached to.
Yes, I as as much of a geek about revising as I am about writing. Does it help?
We’ll see, I guess. I’ve never revised on this sort of scale.
Wish me luck.