There was one interesting thing (it wasn’t the only interesting thing, but it’s the one that I’m writing about today.) I did this weekend, I signed up for an online writing course.
After many many recommendations (from podcasts, editor blogs, agent blogs and a few personal postings) I decided to take the plunge and sign up for Holly Lisle’s ‘How to revise your novel’ course.
I’m currently elbow deep in revisions for my novel “Revenant” and I’d like to get that done so I can send it out this year (idealy, this summer). It’s been rough going because I have no idea what I’m doing!
I really don’t. None of the podcasts I listen to talk in depth about what to do once you have a first draft. I know what I should look for, I know the basic mistakes (I think) and I’m learning about line editting and what to look for.
What I don’t have is a decent process. It’s a huge task and I don’t know where to start. I’ve been reading my draft and taking notes and re-writing the thing (I’m up to 10000 words so far) but I am muddling along and I feel a bit aimless.
Aimless is a problem, when I feel aimless it’s VERY easy to drop what I’m doing. In fact, I did drop it while I was working on my short story submission last month. This, as they say, is not ideal.
So, I took a deep breath and signed up for the course. I have the first lesson in hand and…
Well, we’ll see. It’s pretty cool so far. I have a place to start and the first lesson has taught me some interesting things. I sat and thought about the first time I conceived the story, and that was a long time ago. I was pretty amazed at how different my draft is to what I thought it would be in the mid-nineties when I first thought up the idea.
For the record, I like what I have now much better, but it did lead me to realize that I’ve dropped some stuff that could have been good.
There’s work to be done.
I’ll keep you guys posted on my progress from week to week. In the meantime, I’m willing to answer any questions I can for the curious.