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What I’m Reading
I’m getting back into my beta reading queue this week, and finally making progress with the backlog. It’s nice to be discovering such great stories, though the pressure to be useful and have feedback for every single chapter can weigh heavy sometimes.
Still, I’m lucky to have some great authors entrust me with their work.
What I’m Writing
Turns out revising is much easier if you just go ahead and do it. Who’d have thought?
I’m working on the BROKEN THINGS revision just now, using a fairly simple process:
- I’m reading the manuscript very quickly, skimming through it
- As I go through scenes, I write an outline of each scene on an index card
- I’m using the goal-motivation-conflict system for scenes, and reaction-dilemma-decision for sequels. Some info on that is here. Scenes that don’t fit this structure get rewritten or cut.
- I’m revising lightly as I go, filling in blank spots, adjusting things to match the outline and changing tense.
- Once this revision is done, I’ll read through the revision again with my full attention, looking for more changes and doing detailed tweaks such cutting the flab from sentences..
Writing advice is never a one-size-fits-all thing, but this method is geared towards one of my known weaknesses (pacing) so it’s working out well for me.
That said, it’s all experimental, so I might feel differently this time next week.
What Inspires Me
I’m living the zen life just now, spending most of my evenings reading books and drinking tea. It’s all good.
I’m fairly sure you can measure the quality of my life at any moment (and my stress levels) just by asking if I’ve had time to read recently.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Anne Lyle had a good series post up about the ‘Getting Things Done’ method, which uses to-do lists to organize your goals. (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of her guides.) I’m already a big user of to-do lists so I’ve been trying to adopt this, to force my legions of to-do lists into a more ordered purpose. and I’ve had good results. I’m finally caught up on my inbox and have a clear idea of my goals for the rest of the week.