Thursday, March 06, 2008
Beginning the DiGiTaL Edit
Sometimes the world just conspires against you...and sometimes it steps in on your behalf.
The past few days, I've had my novel thrust into my face in some unusual/unexpected ways. Leah's sister called and brought it up (which is unusual because, though she is nice, my novel is not really something that would be on her radar). I think I've mentioned it like ONCE in front of her (I'm not really one to run around bragging "I'm writing a book" like most English major-types I've known). That was strange, but stranger was when I saw my new blog-friend, MountainGirl's blog entry about NaNoWriMo (which mentioned me by name).
These two (minor) incidents kicked me in the head enough to start working again. I woke up and started a pot of coffee, hunted down my physical edits, and made a "Heavy Metal-Editing Playlist" in iTunes (Motorhead, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Dethlkok, DragonForce--in case you are interested). I don't know how you (if you write) edit, but me--I have a system. I take a print-out and mark it up with a pen. I take that and sit down at the computer and make a "digital" edit (in a separate file). Usually my digital edit is a bit different from the physical one. Sometimes I look at a change and think "what was I thinking?" and skip it...or I spot something I missed and fix it.
Well, I started that process today. I have about 100 pages "physically" edited (I do it at work, on break...and when I'm not on break). Before I edit the NEXT 100, I thought I'd make my digital edits...for Leah. I know that once she starts reading this thing she'll force me to finish it--which is what I need.
Anyway, progress was made today.