Travels With Novel – Week 7
July 17, 2014 § 4 Comments
My desert writing getaway was glorious.
Filled the feeders daily…
Sat out under the terra cotta umbrella reading and revising novel chapters till temp hit 90 (usually by 9 am)
At which time I moved indoors, up a story, with another amazing view…
My goal this trip was to read through the entire novel again from page 1, making changes on the pages. I brought pens and pencils and Post-It tags. The blue and green tags = tweaks & cuts. The yellow & purple tags = tracking 2 main plot elements. Orange & hot pink tags = major changes needed…meaning, gonna-have-to-slow-way-down-to-figure-these-out.
Later in the day the brain shut down and nothing but a dip in the pool and siesta would revive it. (I never actually wrote by the pool on a towel – this chapter was styled like this to impress you.)
Now I’m back home in the NW where temps have been pretty impressive. I’ve attempted to recreate the desert on my deck. It’s not the same, of course, but I’m still in a daily rhythm with the novel, now typing into the computer all the changes I made while away from electronics, creating what will be draft #3 once I print it out. I have at least two more to go, won’t be surprised at a 6th & 7th.
TIP: Write something you like to read…over and over and over and over and…