Ok, so I forgot that yesterday was our office holiday party and, therefore, I did not begin my edit as planned. I begin today, after spin class.
Despite my minor freak-out session on Monday, I do have a revision plan and one I think might actually work for me.
I am going to read the darn thing from start to finish, making notes as I go. I am going to break down my draft into scenes and, because I enjoy speaking back and forth to my 3rd person self, I am going to ask questions:
1. Why does this scene belong in the book?
2. What is it trying to accomplish?
3. Does it accomplish it?
Every time I introduce a character, I am going to make sure this character lives up to the Owen Meany First Sentence.
Once I finish all of this, I hope to have a better idea of the arc of the story and how to make it work better.
Then I shall prepare a list of To Do’s. There will be many, that I can assure you.
I’m rather excited about this whole ‘revision’ thing. How different it is from sitting down to a very white, very blank first page.