I apologize for the lack of meat in this blog post sandwich because this Mamacita is on deadline. A personal deadline, but one nonetheless. But I thought I’d be done with this book by now. The end is so near, guys. So near.
I wrote 62 scenes using Lisa Cron’s Story Genius method, but despite the great outline bones, the story is lacking its organs, flesh, pulse. So I went through each scene and made revision notes on index cards. Everything from what day of the week the scene is set to what my characters are wearing to who’s in the scene to what major things I need to add, cut, or just plain ol’ fix. It’s a chaotic system based off notes in a notebook and ideas I got in the shower and thoughts I had while washing the dishes. But I’m excited to see me pull it off. Also, I was delighted to discover my writing isn’t as awful as I thought. I mean, it’s a rough draft, so still not great, but not horrendous. I am a natural editor. I live for revision. I hate drafting.
Below you can see my index cards: numbered with various ink colors to distinguish parts so I can read them easily. And my notebook (the second one) where I let my brain vomit so I can clean up the mess later. It’s all part of the process.
How do you revise?