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Random Revision Thoughts

July 27, 2014
The current contents of the inside of my head

The current contents of the inside of my head

1–Left to my own devices, I use a lot of subordinating conjunctions at the beginning of sentences–if, although, while, unless, as long as… Life must really be conditional for my characters. Poor things.

2–I like writing dialogue, especially the bantering sort. I must have some deep-rooted need for it. Alas, experience suggests it’s hard to start a good round of bantering in real life–people get all cranky and complain to the flight attendant or the nurse or the funeral director.

3–Even if I have plenty of time, if I attempt to revise more than 10K words a day my brain devolves from its normal Jello-like state to one more like runny strawberry pudding. I stare at the words on the screen, and the colorful fonts AutoCrit applies on my behalf to repeated phrases and redundant words, and all I can think is “that’s kind of pretty.”

4–I need to take a shower today before 11 at night. Just sayin’.

5–Some words never look right. Strengths, for example. Eight consonants, one lonely vowel. How do we even get the word out of our mouths?

6–Distractions of the right sort, when properly metered out, help my revision process. A few minutes of something involving no words or letters or language at all can shake loose the editorial detritus–but so can writing something absolutely unrelated.

7–Different style guides (Chicago, MLA, AP et al) exist for the sole purpose of making you crazy. Choose the method of your destruction the one you like working with the best, because no matter which one you pick, you will need to change something throughout the manuscript anyway.

8–I think I might finish this round of revisions today. Woohoo!

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