Here’s the thing about doing anything for the first time. I find all kinds of things that don’t work. I stumble around in the land of Chaos looking for what is Repeatable.
I’m rewriting. Rewrite is different than Revise. To revise means to change a word here or there. Maybe, I’ll move a comma or cut a scene. Rewriting means sitting with a marked-up tattered manuscript and retyping it into a completely new file. Every word, every space is examined. I know I have the whole story next to me, but I’m a perfectionist. I have to try every idea and pick the best one. I’m on page 66. I can do three to five pages a day before I’m a maniac.
When will the manuscript be finished? When it is, I’ll know.
How do I know if it’s funny? If I can make Bacon laugh, it works. Getting ANY reaction from him is good.
Author, Susan Wiggs is running an interview series on writing that’s been very helpful. Check out The View From Here . The interviewer is Deb Bouziden, and the posts begin on March 1, 2009 with Rolling Up My Sleeves.
Author, Jennifer Crusie posted another wonderful collage for a current work. Take a look here. I’m amazed by the visuals she creates.
Suzanne Vega inspired me with her NYT post about song writing and the value of arts education. Read it here.