Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Because time waits for no man...
I'm stepping up my efforts to finish THE MOSQUITO VINE. If I'm going to blow off high-paying jobs for it, I may as well start taking it more seriously. One of the things I learned from NaNoWriMo, is that I can get a ton of work done...if I treat it...well, like work!
So, I got up today and finished the first edit on pages 1-50. Tonight I'm taking 51-70something with me to work on. My goal is to have all this editing done ASAP so I can finish the damn thing soon.
How is it so far? Well as I go deeper into it, I'm finding more things to fix or change. I'm killing a lot of adverbs (I have no idea why I use so many adverbs). This problem was first pointed out to me by my friends Mike and Paul, who told me I was "adverb crazy." This made me really self-conscious of the problem, but oddly enough...I still do it when I'm writing. I'll just pile them up, until there is a nice little pyramid-stack of "-ly" descriptors. Ugh.
For the most part, I'm still really pleased with it. I know there is a 25-30 page chapter (written over Thanksgiving in New Mexico) that's going to have to be parred down, and frankly--I'm looking forward to getting to that. But last night, I finished editing/reading Chapter 1, and it ends with this great kicker (that I forgot all about) and I was floating--yes, floating the rest of the night I was so pleased with it. So that's good.