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Thursday, November 11, 2010
6:52 PM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
Stage One – Denial
This isn’t so bad. *clicking down through the pages, noting the number of comments editor left on right side
I should be able to get through this fast. I don’t see any blocks of massive disagreement or requests to totally change anything drastic.
Maybe a weekend. No problem!
Step Two – Anger
*four days later
What the f*ck is she talking about? I do not over use certain words! It’s just a simple truth that things are simple and sometimes people state things in a simple fashion, with simple resignation and simple aplomb. And there is nothing wrong with repeating a word when one is making a point about that word! Sh*t, she really doesn’t get it!
What does she mean, she doesn’t remember this being said? Stupid b*tch! Didn’t she just read that scene? I made it plain that Emily doesn’t buy Mick’s anger. I know I did!
What the hell is wrong with sentence fragments? No one talks in complete sentences.
*glares at monitor
And so what if Silvestri shows a bit more sensitivity than most men of his era! He’s an exception!
Step Three – Bargaining
Look, maybe she’ll let me slide on this bit of broken dialogue if I fix the spot here in the narrative where I used too many fragments. I’ll give up the use of the word simple, but I need to keep the nautical terms. Maybe I can insert a bit more explanation for the non-nautically inclined who read the books…
I can redo the dialogue here and make it more obvious what Emily meant and how Silvestri took her seriously… Add a few lines here to show that yes, Silvestri really is that sensitive.
And here. Well, I can rearrange the structure, redo the time twisting, it is a little strange…
Step Four – Depression
Why did I ever think I could do this? It’s obvious from massive amount of comments and corrections that I need to go back and take a basic grammar/punctuation/sentence structure classes.
I can’t even follow what the heck I meant right here. I’m so lost and I’m never going to finish this stuff. I might as well just stop now.
With all the promotional stuff and the demands on my time…it’s going to get harder and harder and I can’t put the dog into doggie daycare all the time! I’m just a bad dog mom.
And I can’t write. Or tell stories.
Step Five – Acceptance
You know, I think this is going to be okay. I think maybe, if I just step back and approach it all one bit at a time, I’ll survive. Bonnie likes doggie daycare, and I’m really getting a lot done. I think I’ve learned a great deal and the next time. Well, it won’t be so bad.
(Followed by gleefully finishing, sending off to my editor and being told I didn’t use the editing program correctly and it’s going to take her more time than she thought to go through my changes.)
At this point, I imagine she is considering her own Five Stages of Revising the Revision. (Sorry, Kate!)
So, crew. I know most of us have done our personal stint at revising. We call it revising when we dig in and look for ways to improve our books. Wait until an editor/agent sends you that multi-colored document…it’s a whole new ballgame! I actually spoke to Kate and was honest with my desire to throw her off a cliff a dozen times. She laughed, said she felt the same way about her editor. Good things these things are done at a distance…
Where do you think you might get stuck when you’re at this point? Any ideas? And let’s hear it for sentence fragments!
Labels: Loader's Logic (2nd Chance)