As mentioned in my last post, this has turned into a rewrite, not a revision. I thought all that meant was a lot of writing in longhand in my spiral notebook that I’ve used for every revision from Shining Armor (abt. 2013) on.
My Muse rebelled.
There’s no other way to say it. I wrote out the majority of a new scene and it was crap. And that’s the first time that’s happened. Usually, I can say, “Well, I may not like it now, but in the morning, it’ll look different.” Or sometimes I’ll feel comfortable just letting it stand, no matter how I feel about its quality.
But this felt wrong.
So, just to keep myself busy, I went into Scrivener and started rearranging scenes so they fit my new outline. I realized I could put in a transition that would smooth out one part. Then I saw a place where I could merge two scenes. Before I knew it, I was not doing a full-on revision, but I was at least working and I loved what was happening.
In other words, I discovered that, for me, a rewrite is a different animal from a revision.
If I tell my Muse we’re going to be rewriting, my Muse, it seems, fully expects to be in the same environment (or close thereto) that it used to create the first draft. It expects to be in an environment that’s meant for creation.
Revision, on the other hand, is double-checking scenes, making sure there’s continuity, testing the strength of the dialogue, and so on and so forth. There’s creativity, but it comes in bursts, in small pieces. Not the whole cloth stuff I’m doing now.
So, it looks like I’m still going to be doing a revision after this to fix and clean-up. But this new creature I’m working on now is going great, all because I gave up a tool that I’ve been using for a few years now.
In line with that, I’m considering putting up each scene as I finish on Google Docs in pdf format. I’d put a link here, and you can read each portion as it goes up.
It would still be rough/unedited. But it would give those who are curious a chance to see what it is I’m doing.
Let me know what you think and I’ll think about it, too.