I’m going to be skipping/messing with/combining questions. All three this time, actually.
But first, a small update to finish out the week: my crazy revision spreadsheet is just about done. Woohoo!
I think I added another two columns before I was satisfied that I’d pinned every scene down in every possible way. I have a brief description, I know what page each scene begins and ends on, what the word count is, what its purpose is (you wouldn’t believe how useful this particular field can be: it really makes you think), what major and minor characters are in it — and I’ve color coded them by which character’s arc they follow, and done my usual geekfest thing of assigning numbers according to emotional intensity and plot-relevance.
Yes. Graphage, glorious graphage. I’m in heaven. All the more so because these lines are a lot closer to the plot diagram of many posts back: as I said then, I don’t need it to be exact, but close is good. And when I’m done revising, I expect to be even closer.
Now it’s time to fill in that last column, cleverly titled Revision Notes.
This isn’t where all of my notes will go, of course: I have a Word doc two pages long already with general notes about what may or may not need to be done, and I’ll have notes from a lovely beta or two as well, soon here that will be incorporated — oh, pretty much everywhere.
These notes will be specific thoughts on how to fit each scene into the revision — whether it needs to change, and how, and if it even belongs in the book anymore, or needs to be cut.
I need to read the whole thing over before I start on these notes, and I’m about halfway there right now. (And pleasantly surprised that the big-disaster scenes in the middle still upsets me, but that’s another kind of geek altogether, isn’t it?)
So, well, w00t for me, I guess. The preparation is going very well so far. We’ll see how it is once I dig in.