Well, technically it will be a revising day. Dear hubby is off to Estes Park to play bridge today, so he’ll be gone about eight hours. And since he’ll have the car, I can’t sneak off to run umpteen dozen errands or procrastinate in other out-of-the- house ways.
The only chore I have to do is the laundry which mostly happens by itself with only a little loading, unloading and folding to do during work breaks. And since tonight I’ll be attending a class at the Northern Colorado Writers Studio on “Save, Share & Create with Photos on Shutterfly,” it will be big salad night in the Stoltey household. Minimal preparation and very little cleanup makes more time at the computer.
I’m still working on revisions for Dead Wrong, the novel I’ll be pitching at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference next month. I’m making more changes to the plot than originally planned, so I’ve divided the revision project into three parts.
First, I’m going through all of my critique group’s comments and making changes where the suggestions work with my new plot. During this phase, I’m also rewriting the scenes that no longer work.
Second, I’ll go back to the beginning and read through the chapters for plot errors and obvious problems with pacing. During this stage, I’ll do my chapter outline as a timeline and sequence check. That chapter outline is useful later when writing the synopsis.
Third, I’ll print out the manuscript and begin my own step-by-step self-editing process. At least twice during this phase I’ll read the manuscript out loud.
I have thirty days to finish the job since I want the manuscript ready to submit when I attend the conference.
So I’m off to work, heigh-ho, heigh-ho. See you tomorrow.