Re Write


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I thought it would be a simple fix: a few minor tweaks to streamline a chapter that was a bit on the long side and which had an unnecessary amount of repetition in it. It’s early in my novel, so depending upon how many pages an agent or editor requests, they may or may not find themselves tangled in the action. So it’s a chapter that I’ve been meaning to tidy up for a while now, and when I finally gave in last week and allowed myself to begin editing, it seemed like the obvious place to start.

Well.

You would think that a chapter that is already completely written, editing would be a simple task. Instead, I’m finding that I’m second guessing the placement and necessity of nearly every sentence. Do I really need this bit of backstory? Is that expression really true to that character? Who should motivate this mischief the characters are getting up to? Can I consolidate these two bits into one passage?

It’s a bit of a house of cards. I keep having to work on it in small doses, but I’m grinding my way through and I’m happy with how the changes are working out so far. I just need to make myself a map to keep track of all the elements.

Anyway, this is what I’ve been trying to focus on instead of my case of the Mondays. I didn’t sleep well. I mean, I must have slept at least a little bit because I remember dreaming in between tosses and turns. The stove light from the kitchen, which is always on, seemed to be shining directly under my eyelids, and I got up twice to deal with the cat puking in the lining room.

The day did not get off to an auspicious start.

It took the bus forever to arrive, and now that school is back in session, traffic was a nightmare. I made it to work an hour late: nothing to be done but send a message to let them know. And the company refuses to get a full time receptionist so I’m filling in for the afternoon but seem to be a complete scatterbrain about everything that used to come as second nature. And today is therapy day and I don’t know what I’m going to talk about.

But at least I’m not crying. So that’s progress.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on August 26, 2019.

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