MRS. LOVETT: (from the song: The Worst Pie’s in London- Sweeney Todd)
What’s your rush? What’s your hurry?
You gave me such a —
Fright, I thought you was a ghost!
Half a minute, can’tcher sit!
Sit you down, sit!
All I meant is that I haven’t seen a customer for weeks!
Did you come here for a pie, sir?
Do forgive me if me head’s a little vague —
Ugh! What is that?”
Vague head? After this weekend, I was wondering where my head went. I can’t be certain, but I think it was lost somewhere between Chapter 8 and Chapter 10 of my novel.
I put everything else aside to focus solely on my novel this weekend. While I did remember to water my plants, it was a rare time I was actually thankful not to own any dogs. First, I had to see again how to enlarge my work from novella to novel. It was still coming up too short. Naturally, I couldn’t add filler. But reading over my current draft, I discovered it seemed rushed at times. So, where would it be best to slow down? Lengthen, and thus, heighten the suspense? Where and how could I deepen my characters? I spent all Friday tackling these questions and more. By 2. a.m. I’d added five chapters to my outline.
Saturday was spent editing (actually re-re-re-re-re-editing) Chapters One and Two. Revising Chapter 3. Totally rewriting Chapter 4 and 5 (because I totally despised them) And yes, I know many advise never to go back and edit previous chapters until you’ve reached the end of a current draft. But they haunt me. They truly haunt me…
So, on Sunday I revised chapter 6 through 8. Rewrote Chapters 9 and 10 from scratch because the old versions simply didn’t fit any more.
By the time I crawled into bed, I did indeed look quite like darling Mrs. Lovett (minus her horrid pies and
Truth be told, her hair is quite neat compared to what mine looked like….
Anyhow, I went to bed Sunday night totally exhausted. And totally exhilerated. There’s no way I can keep that pace up without going more cuckoo than I already am. But, the exercise was very freeing.
I awoke this morning and worked easily on Chapter 11 before going off to work. (Never fear- I did find my hairbrush)